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New research indicates U.S. divorce rate rising

Social scientists often seek to determine and examine emerging trends that may point to significant societal shifts and changes. Often, data from the U.S. Census is relied upon to gather statistics and discover important trends that may then be used to spur change or challenge conventional ways of thinking. Recent research suggests, however, that when it comes to U.S. divorce rates, the data previously referenced may not provide comprehensive or accurate information.

Two university researchers recently published a report in which they assert that, contrary to popular belief, the U.S. divorce rate has been steadily rising since the 1970s. Previous data related to the U.S. divorce rate presented evidence to the contrary, asserting divorce rates peaked in the 1970s and have been falling since that time. To test whether or not the divorce rate was in fact falling, the researchers turned to divorce-related information from the U.S. Census' annual American Community Survey.

Upon taking a closer look at the answers from survey respondents, the researchers found that while the divorce rate has been declining for certain age demographics; it's dramatically risen for others. For example, previously divorces among older Americans were considered rare. Today, however, divorces among this age demographic are much more common even amongst couples who have married for decades.

Regardless of one's age, going through a divorce can be both emotionally and financially painful. While some may view the recent revelation about the U.S. divorce rate as unsettling, it can also be viewed as further proof that Americans, regardless of age, won't settle in their pursuit to find fulfillment and happiness.

Source: The Huffington Post, "Is the US Divorce Rate Going Up Rather Than Going Down?," Robert Hughes, Jr. March 11, 2014

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New research indicates U.S. divorce rate rising | Peter A D'Angelo, Attorney at Law, PLC