Half of all marriages in the United States end in divorce. Everyone in Florida knows that, right? It's what we've been hearing over and over for years. It's hard to really pinpoint where these statistics are coming from, but the idea appears to be based on pretty 'shaky data.'
Some research suggests divorces peaked in the 80s and have been dropping ever since. But a new study from the Minnesota Population Center paints a much different picture, perhaps shining a light on the true nature of divorce in our country.
Interestingly, there seems to be a contrast between divorce rates among our older populations and our younger generations.
The baby boomer generation seems to have been making a big impact on divorce since the 1970s. If we look back at how things were, it makes sense. In their younger years, baby boomers got married during a time when marriage was an expectation and almost a duty. Once the 70s hit, bringing legal and cultural change, baby boomers started divorcing in high numbers. Fast forward to today and boomers are in their second and maybe even third marriages, which are known to be less stable than first marriages. And the numbers are backing it up. The rate of divorce for people between 60 and 65 has tripled since 1990, according to the new study. For those who are 65 and older, the number has quintupled.
In our next post we will discuss what the study found when it comes to younger generations – it may surprise you.
Source: TIME, “Divorce Watch: Couples of All Ages Are Less Stable Than Ever,” Belinda Luscombe, March 31, 2014