Divorce rate falls as marriage rate increases

Pierre Domercq Divorce

The divorce rate in California and around the country fell for the third year in a row in 2015, according to data released on Nov. 17 by the National Center for Family and Marriage Research, and the nonprofit organization says that the number of couples choosing to end their marriages has now fallen to levels not seen in almost four decades. Another NCFMR report found that marriages are increasing, but experts are quick to point out that the two trends are not closely related.
The number of marriages plummeted in the wake of the 2008 financial crisis as well as due to cohabiting becoming less stigmatized, but the 32.2 marriages per 1,000 unmarried women figure observed in 2015 is seen by analysts as a sign that marriage rates are now beginning to stabilize. While marriage and divorce figures may fluctuate from year to year, the chances of a couple staying together remain about one in two, according to experts.
The NCFMR data also shows that social and economic factors can greatly influence marriage and divorce rates. Couples who have attended college and earn high incomes tend to marry in greater numbers and stay together longer than those with only high school educations who earn less, and couples in more conservative parts of the country are more likely to marry and less likely to cohabit than those living in more progressive areas.
Fears over the financial consequences of divorce can be a deterrent to marriage, and this can be particularly true in community property states like California. Experienced family law attorneys may suggest prenuptial agreements to couples who wish to protect themselves from the insecurity and fear that can compromise even the strongest of unions. These agreements may contain provisions dealing with matters such as property division and spousal support.