What Are Some Divorce Statistics?


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While some researchers had thought that the divorce rate began to drop in 1980, improved statistical analysis shows that the Baby Boomer generation was --and remains -- more likely to divorce than the next generations. The reasons for this stem from younger people waiting to marry, notes the Washington Post.

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As of 2010, almost half of people between the ages of 45 and 64 had been married and divorced at least once; however, for adults 34 and younger, fewer than 25 percent had been married and divorced. This is in stark contrast with the same spectrum in 1970, as fewer than 20 percent of people in any age group had been married and divorced. This shows a combination of several different trends regarding divorce, according to the Washington Post.

As the Baby Boomer generation came into adulthood and moved through it, a huge bulge appeared in statistical representations of divorce trends. In the 1970s, people got married young and divorced a few years later, and even as they aged, many of them divorced as they tired of their marriages. The younger generations are waiting longer to get married and are often living together before marriage. Couples are also waiting longer to start families, so it remains to be seen how these statistics influence later generations, as stated by the Washington Post.

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