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Survey shows changing attitudes toward divorce

While divorce rates are higher than they were a couple of generations ago, the number of divorces that take place every year has begun to stabilize. With this, the attitudes Americans have toward divorce is changing as well. According to a survey completed by the government in an attempt to see how cultural ideas of family, marriage and divorce are changing over the years, fewer people now approve of divorce as an option.

According to the survey, only 38 percent of women and 39 percent of men agreed that divorce was the best solution for a marriage in trouble. These numbers are down significantly from the 47 percent and 44 percent reported 10 years ago.

One possible explanation given for this change is that the number of people getting married is declining. More people are deciding against marriage entirely, going for long-term cohabitation instead, and when people do get married, they are putting it off longer than ever before. Because an increasing number of people are waiting until they are older and more established in their lives and careers before getting married, they may have more invested and be less likely to look to divorce as a first option.

However, this does not mean that divorce is by any means a thing of the past, and when a couple does decide to take this route and end their marriage, having experienced legal counsel is critical. Depending on the circumstances, an attorney can help you better understand your options for traditional or collaborative divorce as well as how to handle property division, child support and alimony, and custody issues.

Source: AP News, "Survey: More acceptance of social changes _ except divorce," Mike Stobbe, March 17, 2016

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