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New study may show a clearer picture of divorce PART 2

In our last post we discussed a study from the Minnesota Population Center that may be giving us a clearer understanding of the state of divorce in Florida and across the nation. It gave us a clearer picture of where our older generations are when it comes to divorce, but what about younger individuals?

It may surprise you to hear that although younger generations may be entering marriage more thoughtfully (without the pressure that baby boomers felt to tie the knot when they were younger), their unions aren't exactly stable either.

The reason behind this may be cohabitation. Basically, younger people are choosing to live together before marriage as a way to test the waters or as a way to cut living expenses. This makes it easier to leave a partner, according to researchers.

But when it comes to actual marriages, there seems to be a little more stability for those under 25. The reason behind this seems to be pickiness. Those who marry don’t just fall into it. They appear to be making marriage a part of their life plans, alongside education and wealth.

It’s definitely interesting to look at the state of divorce at any given time, but as our readers know, the decision to divorce is a personal one that is likely not impacted by statistics. Although some may look at the new findings as negative, it perhaps shows that people are less worried about societal pressures and more in tune with what they really want out of their union.

Source: TIME, “Divorce Watch: Couples of All Ages Are Less Stable Than Ever,” Belinda Luscombe, March 31, 2014

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