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Divorce rate on the decline

On Behalf of | Oct 4, 2018 | Divorce

For many years, married couples in New Jersey and elsewhere have heard that half of marital unions end prematurely. However, new research shows that this is not true anymore. Researchers said that, in reality, the rate of divorce dropped by 18 percent between 2008 and 2016.

Apparently, young women are driving the trend of a decreasing divorce rate. One of the reasons for this is that many are waiting to get married until they are older, after they have become more established in their careers and have set work schedules. This helps to cut down on the conflict that could happen if a woman ends up having to work more hours later in the marriage than she did earlier in the marriage.

Also, younger people in general are becoming increasingly selective when choosing their partners. For this reason, they are more willing to put marriage on hold until they truly get to know the other party well. Another reason for a decline in the divorce rate today is that many couples are choosing to simply cohabitate, as they do not feel the pressure to get married like couples did in years past.

Of course, some couples in New Jersey and elsewhere simply cannot work out their irreconcilable differences, in which case, divorce is inevitable. In the best-case scenario, divorcing spouses would be able to resolve their divorce issues at the negotiation table or through a process such as mediation, which tends to be less stressful than going to trial. However, if they cannot achieve a divorce settlement outside of court, they have no choice but to proceed to trial and have a judge make the final decisions for them regarding property division and alimony, for example. Either way, an attorney can provide a divorcing spouse with the necessary guidance for pursuing the best personal outcome possible.