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Many people in Arizona have heard or read that half of all marriages end in divorce. Contrary to that popular perception, however, the divorce rate is much lower than is thought and is continuing to decline.

The 1970s and 1980s brought historically high levels of divorce, but it appears that may no longer be holding true. Following the women's rights movement, marriages had a greater emphasis on shared responsibility and often two incomes, reducing the amount of stress experienced by people in more unequal relationships. Also contributing to the trend of decline in the divorce rate is the fact that more couples are marrying when they are older, which translates into couples who are more mature and better able to handle the demands of marriage.

The statistics concerning modern marriages are promising. Of marriages that began in the 1990s, 70 percent made it to the 15th year, an increase of 5 percent over marriages that began in the 1970s or 1980s. Those who married in the 2000s appear so far to be staying together in greater numbers, as the divorce rate for them is even lower than that for prior generations. Statistics indicate that if the trend continues, as many as two-thirds of marriages will last and not end in divorce.

Of course, despite the promising statistics, many couples still do divorce. When people are going through a divorce, they will need to be able to disentangle their finances and property in a manner which protects their interests while also being fair. If a divorcing person shares a child with his or her spouse, custody issues will also need to be addressed. A family law attorney can be of assistance in helping a divorcing client negotiate a settlement agreement that addresses these issues.

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

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