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Divorce rate continues to decline

According to a report issued by the National Center for Family & Marriage Research at Bowling Green State University on Nov. 17, the divorce rate has dropped for the third year in a row. It has been more than three decades since the divorce rate was this low in Pennsylvania and throughout the U.S.

The divorce rate peaked in 1980, and it is unclear why it is declining now. Baby boomers who married at young ages have continued to divorce at high rates. Researchers are not yet certain whether younger generations will follow a similar pattern.

Although the marriage rate has risen slightly, there are still fewer marriages today than there were in the 1970s and 1980s. More people either remain single or live together without tying the knot. Fewer marriages along with changing gender roles and the aging population may all be factors in the lower divorce rate. However, some experts say that there is still a 50/50 chance that a marriage will end in divorce and that even lower divorce rates do not predict much about the success of any particular marriage.

People who are considering divorce may be concerned about a number of issues. They might worry about their financial well-being after divorce and how the separation will affect their children. One of the first things a person who is considering a divorce should do is take a look at their finances. They might want to take financial documents, such as bank statements and tax returns, to an attorney and talk about how property might be divided. If they have children, they might also want to begin making plans for child custody and support.

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