Millennials are Reducing the Divorce Rate

Millennials are Reducing the Divorce Rate

Sociologist Philip Cohen of The University of Maryland analyzed survey data from the U.S. Census Bureau and found that the divorce rate has dropped 18% from 2008 to 2016. In reviewing the data, Cohen found that Millennials are divorcing less frequently than previous generations, that marriage is becoming a more selective, stable institution, and that cohabitation arrangements between unmarried individuals have become less stable.

Fewer young people are getting married, and those that are marrying appear to be staying married. The fewer people who get married, the fewer married couples, and therefore, the fewer divorces. The marriages that are taking place among Millennials are more stable, in part due to the generation being more selective about who they marry.

Millennials are more career focused than previous generations, and that focus has affected marriage statistics. Millennials are waiting longer to marry as they direct their attention toward career development and success. This is also contributing to a reduced rate of divorce as age leads to more maturity and better conflict resolution skills. Further, those who have advanced degrees and are career driven are less likely to fight with their spouse due to work-related stress.

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Alicia Fastman graduated from Hofstra University with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology, then went on to complete her Juris Doctorate at the Widener University School of Law in Wilmington, DE. Ms. Fastman graduated from law school with pro bono distinction, completed a Certificate in Criminal Law, and focused her intensive studies within the fields of litigation and trial advocacy. Ms. Fastman is licensed to practice law in Pennsylvania, and is a member of the Pennsylvania and Delaware County Bar Associations. Ms. Fastman specializes in family law as well as other areas of the firm’s litigation practice.