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New report shows divorce rate the lowest in 35-plus years

Married couples calling it quits have steadily been on the decline, a recent report shows. Many Texas residents have heard the often-repeated mantra that half of all marriages end in divorce. Apparently, that no longer holds true.

In the United States, the divorce rate was reported to be lower in 2015 than it has been in over 35 years. It marks the third consecutive year that the divorce rate has fallen, according to the report, which was compiled by using the census data. In addition, the marriage rate increased in 2015 and is currently at its highest level since 2009.

Since 1980, when the divorce rate was at its highest -- 22.6 percent -- the rate has steadily decreased by around 25 percent. Washington D.C. is still the highest for divorces, with around 30 of every 1,000 marriages calling it quits. Meanwhile, Hawaii maintained its very low divorce rate -- only 11 out of every 1,000 marriages ending in divorce. Overall, the trend shows that divorcing young couples are on the decline, while older couples choosing to end their marriages are on the rise. 

When Texas spouses decide to get a divorce, conflict and emotional trauma may ensue --  especially when children are involved. For this reason, it is prudent that any individual who is considering moving forward with divorce speak with an experienced Texas family law attorney. A dedicated family law attorney can best inform the individual of his or her legal options, provide helpful guidance and focus on securing a comprehensive settlement that is in the best interests of the client.

Source:, "Marriage And Divorce: US Divorce Rates Drop To Lowest Levels In Over 35 Years, Report Says", Mary Pascaline, Nov. 19, 2016

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