Millennials are causing the divorce rate to drop

Millennials are finally getting credit for doing something right.

The latest statistics show divorce rates are plummeting, largely due to the fact that married millennials are staying together.

What Changed?

At its worst, the divorce rate in America was approaching the 50 percent mark.

Divorce was often happening after couples passed their 10- and 15-year anniversaries, if not even later in the marriage.

According to experts, this was happening because couples came to realize the person they married was not exactly who they thought they were getting when they said, “I do.”

Back in the 1950s through the early 1970s, women married at about age 20.

Over the next two decades, that average age rose by almost four years.

Then, from the late 1990s until the present day, the average age of brides has risen to almost 28.

Let’s Get to Know Each Other

This is not just about waiting longer to get married, either.

In addition to waiting longer, many millennial couples are also living together for years before even getting engaged.

Many of today’s couples are, in essence, test-driving their future spouse before putting that ring on their finger.

Many millennial couples are also going to therapy to understand their roles in the relationship before they tie the knot, rather than seeking marriage counseling after trouble begins.

This has enabled them to go into their marriage with their eyes wide open.

Over that same time span, women have become much more confident and now play a prominent role in the workforce.

No longer as reliant on a husband to provide for them, women are not as pressured to “settle” just for financial security.

While millennials may be putting a big dent in the divorce rate, which has plummeted by more than 20 percent, don’t expect divorce to disappear entirely.

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Divorce attorney Susan Oehl stated, “It really is interesting to see how drastically divorce has dropped.”

However, she also stated there is plenty of “job security” in her niche of the legal profession.

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