Editorial

No matter the reason, declining divorce rate is good news

Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Is a decline in divorce a sign that young people are adopting more traditional views?

It might simply be the pendulum of social change at work, but regardless the cause, itís a good sign for the future generation.

According to an analysis by University of Maryland sociology professor Philip Cohen, the U.S. divorce rate dropped from 18 from 2008 to 2016.

After baby boomers married young, divorced and remarried, their children may have decided to take a different tack. Gen Xíers and millennials are getting married later, after their education, careers and finances are more in order, according to the data.

It may be just because those baby boomers are getting older, when fewer people divorce, but the divorce rate is declining, even when age is factored in. Young married couples donít have the same attitudes their parents and grandparents did at that age, according to other measures.

With general agreement that committed, two-parent households produce more well-adjusted children, the new trend bodes well for the future.

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