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By the numbers: Divorce rate is on the decline

It can be difficult at this time of the year for couples in love to get reservations at popular Lake Charles wedding spots in which to say their vows. The good news for those couples eager to marry is that there are fewer couples today that are facing divorce.

According to a recent news article, the divorce rate has dropped to its lowest point in the past 40 years.

The Wall Street Journal reports that younger married couples today are less likely to divorce than they used to be. At the same time, the rate at which older couples are divorcing is on the rise.

According to the National Center for Family and Marriage Research at Bowling Green University, the divorce rate hit its high point in 1979 when 22.6 marriages out of 1,000 ended in divorce. By 2017, the divorce rate had dropped to 16.1 out of every 1,000 marriages, for a decrease of 29 percent.

Back in 1963, the average age for a woman to marry was 20. Today, that average has climbed to 27 for women. Note: for men, the average age at which they marry today is 29.

Bowling Green researchers calculate that the greatest decrease in divorce rates are in the youngest group of women (up to 24 years old). Their divorce rate has dropped by 43 percent since 1990.

The divorce rate for women ages 25 to 34 also had an enormous decrease, dropping 33 percent. The big drops in divorce ends there, however. The next two age groups saw single-digit drops and then the trend reversed itself.

For women 55- to 64-year-old, the divorce rate tripled from 1990 to 2017. And it more than doubled for women age 65 and above.

Of course, when a marriage has run its course, the ages of those involved is unimportant. What is important is for both resolve their differences in divorce and move on to the next chapters in their lives.

An experienced Lake Charles family law attorney can help you protect yourself and your family in matters such as child custody, spousal support, property division and all other divorce disputes.

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