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Family law: Divorces said to be on the decline

Marriage advocates may be encouraged by recent data showing a marked decline in the rate of divorces in Florida and across the country. In less than a decade, the divorce rate dropped 21 percent. Some family law analysts predict the trend will continue downward in the years to come. However, those same analysts caution that the slowing divorce rate may not mean more couples are madly in love as much as it relates to the fact that more couples are taking their time before taking the plunge.

Millennials, those in their 20s and 30s, are not rushing into marriage. Millennials, particularly women, tend to delay tying the knot until they have finished college, started their careers and created some security for themselves. As a result, they may not feel they must look to a mate for that security. In fact, they may be more willing to reject a marriage proposal to avoid having to go through divorce in the future.

The fact that fewer young people are getting married can account for the decline in divorces. Millennial couples also do things couples in the past hesitated to do, such as live together before marriage and seek counseling for conflicts. Some sociologists believe these actions have improved the longevity of marriages.

Recent generations have done much to remove the stigma of divorce. As a result, it is no longer necessary for a couple to remain in an unhappy or stressful marriage. A Florida spouse who is struggling in his or her marriage may wish to seek information about the options from a family law attorney.

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