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Modern marriage statistics improving

Marriage statistics in Texas and across the nation paint a surprisingly optimistic picture of the health of today's marital unions. Although many people have heard the commonly repeated statistic that half of all marriages end in divorce, the truth is that the divorce rate is much lower. Furthermore, it appears to be dropping even more.

The divorce rate reached a historic peak in the 1970s and early 1980s. However, the divorce trend during those time periods is now increasingly coming to be seen as an isolated historical event and not a permanent trend.

Authorities on the topic point to a confluence of circumstances in the 1970s that may have contributed to the high divorce rate. For the first time in American history, a significant number of women were employed at the same time as their husbands. Feminism and the attendant social changes also affected the national mood. Marriage was no longer seen as a necessity for economic survival, and the production of children was no longer paramount. Therefore, marriages began to be seen as a pairing based on emotional and psychological needs. It may be no surprise that marriages built on other foundations began to splinter during that era. However, this trend seems to have ceased and even reversed. Approximately 70 percent of marriages from the 1990s have lasted at least 15 years, and that rate appears to be increasing.

An attorney's assistance may be welcome to anyone who must navigate Texas divorce law. They can help to cite relevant legislation and provide necessary counsel.

Source: The Huffington Post, "The Truth About The Divorce Rate Is Surprisingly Optimistic", Brittany Wong, December 02, 2014

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