Are divorce rates increasing?

When I undertook the task to determine whether divorce rates increasing or decreasing or constant, I was surprised by the findings.

I want you to feel comfortable that the answer to the question of whether divorce rates are increasing or not, so let's briefly talk about my sources. The data comes from the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, National Survey of Family Growth (NSFG) conducted by NCHS, National Health Statistics Report, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the U.S. Census Bureau.

According to these sources, divorce rates have declined since 2000 with some years going up but the overall trend is that the divorce rates have declined steadily. National Divorce Rates and the document can be downloaded HERE. One possible reason for the decline is that the percentage of never married adults is on the rise. Never Married Rates and the document can be downloaded HERE.

The decision to marry or not to marry raises important questions about custody, property rights, and support both spousal support (aka maintenance) and child support. Do we buy a house together? If we buy a house together, what happens if we break up? If we buy a house together and we break up, will I get my investment back, who stays in the house, can I force my ex to leave the house, etc. These are but a few of the issues that arise.

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