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US divorce rate historically high while marriage rate continues to fall

The United States experienced its lowest rate of divorce in about 50 years in 2019, according to a new report by the Institute for Family Studies. The Charlottesville, Virginia-based research organisation released the report on Tuesday, drawing data from the U.S. Census Bureau’s American Community Survey.


The 2019 divorce rate is much lower than the 1980 divorce rate when the National Vital Statistics reported a divorce rate of almost twenty-three divorces per one thousand marriages. Still, though, the 2019 divorce rate was higher than that of 1960, when there was a recorded divorce rate of nine per one thousand marriages.

IFS Director of Research Dr. Wendy Wang, the author of the report, told The Christian Post that while the divorce rate has been declining since the 1980s, the new development is that the “rate has been falling much faster in the past decade.”

In July, the group Legal Template reported that there was a thirty-four per cent increase in the sale of their divorce agreement paperwork compared to the same period in 2019.

“According to a survey on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on relationships, thirty-one per cent of couples say the quarantine has been damaging. With so many couples struggling, lawyers across the US are predicting record numbers of divorce filings once quarantine restrictions are lifted,” reported the group.

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