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Divorce Rates Continue to Decline in Illinois, U.S.

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Divorce Rates Continue to Decline in Illinois, U.S.When it comes to citing the divorce rate in the U.S., it is popular to claim that half of all marriages end in divorce. It suggests that divorces are on the rise and that the institution of marriage is crumbling. While there was a point starting in the 1970s when divorces suddenly increased, it has been about 40 years since the divorce rate was at its peak. Most divorce studies agree that the supposed 50 percent divorce rate is no longer accurate – if it ever was. Statistics point to two marital trends in the U.S.: The divorce rate is going down, but so is the marriage rate.

Looking at the Trends

The U.S. Census Bureau recently released a report on marriage and divorce rates from 2008 to 2018. The report calculated its rates by counting the number of women who were married or divorced for every 1,000 women age 15 and older. According to the report:

  • The national marriage rate decreased from 17.9 in 2008 to 16.6 in 2018
  • The national divorce rate decreased from 10.5 in 2008 to 7.7 in 2018

Illinois actually went against the national trend. While its divorce rate decreased about the same amount as the national average, its marriage rate increased slightly. As compared to the other states, Illinois has one of the lowest divorce rates and a marriage rate that is almost exactly the same as the national average.

Reasons for the Trend

The declining marriage rate may be one of the main reasons for the declining divorce rate. Millennials are often credited as being the main generation that is responsible for the recent declines:

  • They are waiting longer to get married or are deciding to have a relationship without marriage.
  • By waiting longer, they are more likely to be financially stable and emotionally mature when they do marry.
  • Couples could be breaking up at similar rates as with other generations, but they are not being counted towards divorce because they were never married.

However, millennial habits are not the only explanation for the divorce rate, which has been declining for decades. Divorce laws and society’s attitude towards divorce greatly changed in the 1960s and 1970s. The divorce rates from around that time were probably abnormally high and have since regressed to a more normal level.

Contact a McHenry County Divorce Lawyer

Divorce researchers still put the likelihood that a marriage will end in divorce at around 40 percent. If you have decided to end your marriage, you need to work with an experienced Crystal Lake, Illinois, divorce attorney at Botto Gilbert Lancaster, PC. Schedule a free consultation by calling 815-338-3838.



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