It is a common misconception among New Jersey residents that roughly half of American marriages result in a divorce. However, while there may have been some truth to these discouraging statistics in recent decades, new data indicates that things may be changing.

In fact, recently published indicate that the divorce rate in the United States has actually been decreasing since the early 1990’s. This is in contrast to the marginally higher divorce rates seen in the late 1970’s and early 1980’s, during which the idea that roughly 50 percent of marriages ended in divorce was seemingly internalized by the American public as common knowledge. Specifically, the numbers indicate that approximately 70 percent of couples wed in the 1990’s remained married for at least 15 years, which is slightly higher than 65 percent for those married in the 1970’s and 1980’s.

Furthermore, the divorce rates for marriages that began in the 2000’s have declined even more. Some experts argue this is likely due to the influence of feminism on the roles of men and women in society since the 1970’s. Additionally, the fact that the median age for marriage has increased from the early 20’s in the 1950’s to the late 20’s in the 2000’s, means couples are likely more mature in their emotions now than in the past.

However, despite these encouraging trends, it seems likely that roughly a third of marriages in coming years will still end in divorce. These couples seeking to end their marriage may find that divorce legal issues, such as child custody and property distribution, still remain as challenging as ever to resolve, and often find that the assistance of family law attorneys can be valuable.

Source: The Huffington Post, “The Truth About The Divorce Rate Is Surprisingly Optimistic“, Brittany Wong, December 02, 2014