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Millennials Are Causing the U.S. Divorce Rate to Plummet

Millennials Are Causing the U.S. Divorce Rate to Plummet

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  • I got married at 22 and now have been married 4 years. I think that it’s great that people are waiting until they are confident in themselves and in their partner, I guess I just don’t agree on people choosing to wait for waiting sake because everyone around them is doing it. I say that when you meet

    I got married at 22 and now have been married 4 years. I think that it’s great that people are waiting until they are confident in themselves and in their partner, I guess I just don’t agree on people choosing to wait for waiting sake because everyone around them is doing it. I say that when you meet a person you want to be with, don’t waste time in trying to “conform to a standard”. Be with that person. Life is too short to not take a good opportunity when it genuinely comes up. Also, a negative side of the waiting game is that children don’t enter the mix until much later in a union (will have impact on nations population and workforce and health of mother when giving birth). People claim that they aren’t ready for children and I guess they hope to be by the time they are in their late 30s? Newsflash, you’re never really fully ready for a child. You can be in a financial position to have children and provide a better life for them, but that doesn’t mean that you will ever emotionally be ready for the work that accompanies child rearing. People are entitled to their opinions on that however, and I will respect their opinion.

  • Really interesting shift--and a welcome departure from the litany of knee-jerk 'millennials are causing (fill in the blank) problem' headlines. Makes sense, in general, that if you're a little older and hopefully a little wiser when you tie the knot, you make more informed decisions about a life partner

    Really interesting shift--and a welcome departure from the litany of knee-jerk 'millennials are causing (fill in the blank) problem' headlines. Makes sense, in general, that if you're a little older and hopefully a little wiser when you tie the knot, you make more informed decisions about a life partner.

    Will be fascinating to see if this pattern of less divorce also leads to a reduction in some of the secondary problems that stem from marital breakups, particularly in kids (poverty, educational failure, etc).

  • This is great news. Millennials get such a bad rap for immaturity (I’m not agreeing with this, just stating a fact). Frankly, getting married is one of the most importantly decisions in life. So, to take your time, find the right person, fall in love, see things in a practical manner, could not be a more mature decision.

  • I think this is such a positive step for society overall. Since almost everything else is disposable at this point, maybe people are realizing what really matters takes time, patience and real work.

  • The pressure-filled myth that we need to have life ‘figured out’ at a young age is falling flat. Take the time you need to build yourself and be happy.

  • I’d be interested in how this divorce rate holds up for millennials in other countries, especially in countries where arranged marriage is the norm but where women are starting to have more of a voice.

  • The financial crisis forced so many Millennials to push back adulthood goals, like marriage and buying a home.

    I wonder if that tough experience adds any extra strength to relationships. We know hot to get through tough times, a key part of any successful relationship.

  • Key takeaway: Many poorer and less educated Americans are opting not to get married at all. They’re living together, and often raising kids together, but deciding not to tie the knot. And studies have shown these cohabiting relationships are less stable than they used to be.

    Fewer divorces, therefore

    Key takeaway: Many poorer and less educated Americans are opting not to get married at all. They’re living together, and often raising kids together, but deciding not to tie the knot. And studies have shown these cohabiting relationships are less stable than they used to be.

    Fewer divorces, therefore, aren’t only bad news for matrimonial lawyers but a sign of America’s widening chasm of inequality. Marriage is becoming a more durable, but far more exclusive, institution.

  • Rollo Tomasi has a great book that talks about how the idea time to get married for a man is in proportion to a woman's age where she starts declining in an attraction scale, meaning she is intuitively knowing it's time to stop jerking around and settle down. This seems to be why I think that people

    Rollo Tomasi has a great book that talks about how the idea time to get married for a man is in proportion to a woman's age where she starts declining in an attraction scale, meaning she is intuitively knowing it's time to stop jerking around and settle down. This seems to be why I think that people now value security in a partner to go forward to spend a lifetime together. It just makes sense. Maturity is key though and everyone matures emotionally and intellectually at different places.

  • The article concludes with the fact that this is due to the widening gap between rich and poor. Mostly educated people with career potential are getting married. This is not necessarily a thing to celebrate.

  • What about the large number of gay couples who had been waiting years, sometimes decades, to get married?

  • How can we judge a population or generation on divorce rates with the oldest person in that segment being 35-37 (depending on what age range you use) knowing that on average women leave their husbands in their mid 40s and men leave their wives in their mid 50s?

  • Good job Millennials!! With life expectancies soaring even a couple who marries in their late 30's or early 40's still have a very good chance of being married longer than they were single at the end of their lives. Getting careers on track, finances secure, etc, removes a lot of the stressors that can

    Good job Millennials!! With life expectancies soaring even a couple who marries in their late 30's or early 40's still have a very good chance of being married longer than they were single at the end of their lives. Getting careers on track, finances secure, etc, removes a lot of the stressors that can impact young marriages. Bravo!

  • Yet, Gen X and millennials are the ones to blame for changing one specific model? Question here is how habits pretend to keep untouched while time goes by... so slowly?

  • My parents have been married for almost 42 years...

    To seven different people. I witnessed them suffer through acrimonious divorces and struggle to rebuild their lives. And then go and get married again. Perhaps we have learned from the mistakes of our parents, but I also think their generation was

    My parents have been married for almost 42 years...

    To seven different people. I witnessed them suffer through acrimonious divorces and struggle to rebuild their lives. And then go and get married again. Perhaps we have learned from the mistakes of our parents, but I also think their generation was instilled with the belief that they had to get married and have children. And if a marriage isn’t right in the first place, what better way to accelerate its decline than throw a baby into the mix...

  • We have a very cool new app that helps prevent divorce: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/lasting-marriage-health-app/id1225049619?mt=8

  • Articles that do not cite real data are not useful. How is the divorce rate calculated? What are the actual numbers over time.

    Many people have the impression that the rate has been 50% or higher. Such calculations are just as spurious as some Gender Wage Gap figures.

    Would like to see supporting details

    Articles that do not cite real data are not useful. How is the divorce rate calculated? What are the actual numbers over time.

    Many people have the impression that the rate has been 50% or higher. Such calculations are just as spurious as some Gender Wage Gap figures.

    Would like to see supporting details.

    An 18% reduction with no backup is useless and probably misleading.

  • Wow. I'm a millennial as is my wife. We married at 23 and 19 (I was the former) we dont ever mention the 'D' word in our house.

  • In reality, conflict in relationship whether married or not remains the same. It’s a great observation to make that divorce goes down when fewer people are getting married. The younger generations wait to get married as a status symbol; when a wedding costs upwards of $50k. A study I would like to see

    In reality, conflict in relationship whether married or not remains the same. It’s a great observation to make that divorce goes down when fewer people are getting married. The younger generations wait to get married as a status symbol; when a wedding costs upwards of $50k. A study I would like to see is one that shows how many people are living alone. I think the future trend is going to be where very few people get married; they live together or live alone. At my son’s orientation to college, the school asked how many students roomed with a sibling. Out of a couple hundred students, maybe less than 5 students said they didn’t have their own room. This is a major change from just a few years ago and may further impact marriage rates and therefore divorce rates.

  • Compelling sociological perspective on today's "marriage market." Millennials are a strategic bunch. Ironically, their wise relationship choices are calcifying the institution of marriage.

    "Americans under the age of 45 have found a novel way to rebel against their elders: They’re staying married. New

    Compelling sociological perspective on today's "marriage market." Millennials are a strategic bunch. Ironically, their wise relationship choices are calcifying the institution of marriage.

    "Americans under the age of 45 have found a novel way to rebel against their elders: They’re staying married. New data show younger couples are approaching relationships very differently from baby boomers, who married young, divorced, remarried and so on. Generation X and especially millennials are being pickier about who they marry, tying the knot at older ages when education, careers and finances are on track...

    Fewer people are getting married, and those who do are the sort of people who are least likely to get divorced, he said. 'Marriage is more and more an achievement of status, rather than something that people do regardless of how they’re doing.'

    Many poorer and less educated Americans are opting not to get married at all. They’re living together, and often raising kids together, but deciding not to tie the knot. And studies have shown these cohabiting relationships are less stable than they used to be.

    Fewer divorces, therefore, aren’t only bad news for matrimonial lawyers but a sign of America’s widening chasm of inequality. Marriage is becoming a more durable, but far more exclusive, institution."

  • Not only less of the Millennials are getting married but those that do are probably not getting divorce because it’s too expensive. Just my opinion. I know plenty of people who have stayed together because it’s cheaper to keep her.

  • Unlike previously millennials are more exposed to sound marriage advices and tips both from peers and seasoned couples freely available on the net.

  • John proof read. Amazing how people all criticize them yet your comment was not even grammatically correct. You slow down, check your age and gain some respect. Everyone os trying to survive in this disaster set up by the baby boomers

  • I think we as millennial men are seeing marriage as a big risk for us as men. With all the feminist movement and the feminine favor on family/marital law there is really no benefit for men to enter into a marriage contract. Millennial men are taking a lot more precaution than our fathers and grandfathers

    I think we as millennial men are seeing marriage as a big risk for us as men. With all the feminist movement and the feminine favor on family/marital law there is really no benefit for men to enter into a marriage contract. Millennial men are taking a lot more precaution than our fathers and grandfathers who jumped in for the sake of “love”.

  • Oh so it wasn’t enough to ruin Applebee’s, mayonnaise, brunch, hotels and golf. Now millennials have to ruin divorce too? It’s an outrage!

  • Today’s culture, ethics, morales, and behavior are vastly different than those of the baby boomers. People don’t have to marry so quickly any longer. It is acceptable to be older, try people out, and make more calculated decisions now. Good for young people and good for marriage overall - it should be

    Today’s culture, ethics, morales, and behavior are vastly different than those of the baby boomers. People don’t have to marry so quickly any longer. It is acceptable to be older, try people out, and make more calculated decisions now. Good for young people and good for marriage overall - it should be a serious and well thought-out decision. Also, the gap between equality in the sexes has shrunk - both parties have much more to gain and to lose in today’s unions. I know it’s supposed to be about love, but it’s also very much about money and finances too.

  • Alternate headline: “Are Millennials Destroying Jobs for Divorce Lawyers?”

  • As a "xennial", I was hoping this would be the case. Millennials I know tend to match the stereotypes, but there's something there that isn't reported on very often. It's a breadth of knowledge and understanding that no generation has ever had access to. We'll see either great or horrible things when

    As a "xennial", I was hoping this would be the case. Millennials I know tend to match the stereotypes, but there's something there that isn't reported on very often. It's a breadth of knowledge and understanding that no generation has ever had access to. We'll see either great or horrible things when millennials hit their prime. I choose to have faith.

  • Interesting article, know who you are before you join your life to anyone else and when you do find that someone........give them the respect and attention they deserve!

  • Of course, marriage is a plus plus arrangement for life, any endeavor is more likely to succeed when the sum of the parts is greater than the whole. Synergy and Economies of Scale also come to mind when spouses create more opportunities for their marriage to be able to leverage advantages to qualities

    Of course, marriage is a plus plus arrangement for life, any endeavor is more likely to succeed when the sum of the parts is greater than the whole. Synergy and Economies of Scale also come to mind when spouses create more opportunities for their marriage to be able to leverage advantages to qualities of life for both, their extended families/village, clan, tribe, community, neighborhood, ....

  • This reduced divorce rate is partially being caused by delayed marriages. Getting married later in life, when more mature and financially secure makes a huge difference in having a successful marriage. Congrats to the Millennials for showing us the right way to stay married.

  • Smart! Don't do it in the first place!

  • Truly insightful article. Wife and I married around 23 &22 yrs old & had to struggle. Our children are more educated and taking their time which makes this article more enjoyable. Millennials may teach us a few tricks after all.

  • I was born in the 80's.

  • Seems counterintuitive as society disintegrates, job pay and security is vaporized, cost of health care, housing and food fly out the window. Who are these privileged mindless couples getting pregnant as the ice poles are melting before our eyes. Same gene pool faintly, aimlessly singing the ostrich

    Seems counterintuitive as society disintegrates, job pay and security is vaporized, cost of health care, housing and food fly out the window. Who are these privileged mindless couples getting pregnant as the ice poles are melting before our eyes. Same gene pool faintly, aimlessly singing the ostrich song “la-la-la-la, dum dee do, dum dee da”

    Secondly, if all drop is attributed to millennial s, best case scenario, 410,000 divorce out of 1,000,000 in 8 years. Not to mention those that stay together and can’t leave. ostrich song again.

    News and so called research has morphed into entertainment and comedy

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