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December 27, 2007

The declining divorce rate

The divorce rate has been dropping. In fact, the divorce rate is at its lowest level since 1970. What's behind this good news? Listen

Dr. Mike Walden, North Carolina Cooperative Extension economist in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at N.C. State University, responds:

"Well, both economists as well as sociologists have been looking at this good news, and they say that many factors are behind the trend. First of all, people are waiting longer to marry, and perhaps that means they're more mature. They make better decisions about marriage, and that could be helping lower the divorce rate. Secondly, people - families - are waiting longer to have children, perhaps when they are more financially ready. And so, again, that contributes perhaps less tension in the household. Another factor is the increasing educational level of women that's giving them more financial security, and perhaps for some women, that means less of a need to marry just for financial survival and more of an inclination to marry someone they are compatible with. And finally, family planning is more possible today. So perhaps the number of unplanned children, which could be a source of tension in the household, has fallen. So I think all these factors combine to lead to what many don't know: the good news on the lower divorce rate."

Posted by Dave at December 27, 2007 08:00 AM