Portland Relationship Therapy: Divorce Surge Over

January 28, 2015 by

Marriage sometimes gets a bad rap.

Too often, individuals vilify marriage as a dated institution, citing rising divorce rates to justify their claim. But the truth of the matter is, it’s these rising divorce rate statistics that are themselves dated. In fact, marriage today is in the healthiest state it’s been in for decades.

According to a study published in The New York Times, “It is no longer true that the divorce rate is rising, or that half of all marriages end in divorce. It has not been for some time.” In fact, after the divorce rate reached its highest point in the ‘70s and early ‘80s, it’s been steadily on the decline. Around 70 percent of marriages that began in the ‘90s reached their 15th anniversary, and this number is expected to be even higher for marriages that began in the 2000s.

So why sudden dip in divorce rates? Let’s take a look at a few potential reasons.

The rise in love-based marriages. In the past, couples frequently married for financial reasons, familial pressure, or to care for a child. Today, society is much more accepting of women in the work force, individuals that remain single, and unwed parents. More often than not, when a modern-day couple chooses to tie the knot, they do so out of love—not societal obligation.

The increasing marriage age. By 2004, the average age for marriage had risen to 26 for women and 27 for men. Now that people are taking more time to make marriage decisions, they are able to spend more time making sure they find the partner who is right for them.

Increased importance of education. Economic change has made it so couples can no longer easily achieve the financial stability necessary to start a married home without a strong education. As a result, it is well educated Americans that have formed the present-day marriage model, based on shared work duties and mutual respect.

Don’t let dated propaganda perpetuated by the media disrupt the integrity of your marriage. If you’re facing problems in your relationship, you and your spouse aren’t destined for divorce. You can work through your issues and come out stronger on the other side with effort and open communication in Portland relationship therapy.