Magazine article Work & Family Life

U.S. Divorce Rates May Be Lower Than You Think

Magazine article Work & Family Life

U.S. Divorce Rates May Be Lower Than You Think

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The conventional wisdom is that half of all American marriages end in divorce. But this figure is misleading. Work & Family columnist Sue Shellenbarger of the Wall Street Journal reports that the divorce rate actually varies widely and is based on many factors such as the age at which couples marry, their income and level of education-and that the probability of divorce is even going down among some groups: for example, college-educated, church-going couples who live in the suburbs.

According to the National Center for Health Statistics, couples who live in central cities are 9 percent more likely to divorce than couples from the suburbs. Southerners are 10 percent more likely to divorce or separate than couples from the Northeast or Midwest. Your stage of life makes a big difference too. …

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