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The rise of the never-married and its effects on divorce rates

While considering divorce is not part of marriage planning, most couples know that they are entering a 50/50 proposition. Long-held assumptions continue that half of marriages will end in dissolution.

An August Pew Research Center survey of 4.971 U.S. adults confirmed that long-held belief. Over the past twenty-five years, the number of married U.S. adults has shrunk by nine percent. That slide goes back to 1960, a year that represented a peak of 72%.

The current statistic? The famous fifty percent.

While marriage continues its downward slide, a notable increase involves the advancing age of couples deciding to take the plunge. That factor plays a significant role in the decline of marital unions. In 1960, the median ages of married couples stood at 20.3 for women and 22.8 for men. The most recent data shows that delayed unions have increased the median to 27.4 for women and 29.5 for men.

While delayed marriages play a role in the Pew numbers, the number of those deciding to never get married or unmarried partners living and raising children together continues to rise. A little over 14 percent do not want to get married while 27 percent are uncertain whether to take the life-changing step.

Thirty-two percent of never-married adults 50 and older claim that they will never enter into marriage compared to 11 percent of their younger counterparts. Forty-five percent of people who divorced claim that they will never marry again. Thirty percent are uncertain. The remaining reported being open to remarriage.

Entering the divorce process requires skilled and experienced legal counsel. Contact VanAntwerp Attorneys, LLP, at 606-618-0698.

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