Most Americans, including Coloradans, believe that 50 percent of marriages end in a divorce. Apparently, that is no longer a correct assumption. However, the divorce rate is not the only statistic that has drastically changed; the number of people who have decided to get married has also changed. The situation, of course, is expected to significantly change the landscape of family law, not just here in Colorado, but across the entire nation as well.
While no exact figures were given, the New York Times has reported that couples who got married in 2000 and after are divorcing at a lower rate. According to an economist, if this trend of decreasing divorce rates continue, it is possible that only a third of the marriages will end up in divorce. She added that there are certain factors that have contributed to this decline. One in particular is that people in lower income brackets and those who are less educated often prefer to cohabitate rather than get married. When these couples decide to part ways, it does not make it to the divorce stat sheet. Choosing cohabitation has also lowered the marriage rate. On the other hand, more affluent and educated couples are more likely to marry and their unions often last.
Other factors that contributed to the decline in divorce rates include couples choosing to get married later in their life when they are more financially stable and the wider use of birth control, which reduces the chances of unplanned pregnancies. Another interesting fact pointed out by the economist is that around two-thirds of all divorces are filed by women. This was attributed to the fact that women now have more economic independence.
It remains to be seen how this new information affects the family law issues here in Colorado. In any case, Coloradans can always consult with a legal professional if they have any family law issues.
Source: Today.com, "Divorce rates are lower, but so are the number of people getting married," Meghan Holohan, Dec. 3, 2014