The Truth About Current Divorce Rates

Many individuals oversimplify divorce rates, both here in Michigan, and throughout the rest of the United States, making it appear that divorce is more prevalent than it really is. Just recently, a faculty member at the University of Michigan contributed data to a story that uncovered the fact that divorce rates are actually a lot lower than many people think. 

For a long time, many people claimed that half of all marriages end in divorce. This is certainly a figure that carries no validity since the year 2000. Within the 2000s, according to the Michigan professor, men and women have been getting divorced at a much slower rate. In fact, he said that around two-thirds of the couples that got married after 2000 would never encounter divorce.

Yet another educator, this one from the University of Wisconsin, offered a few postulations on why men and women are divorcing at a slower rate within the last decade-and-a-half.

She said that many couples are getting married later in life, which generally equates to financial stability. She also referred to the fact that more advanced and effective methods of birth control lowers the chances of a surprise baby, which can often force two people to get married.

One factor that might skew divorce figures is the number of couples that are cohabitating and break up. This scenario can be very much like a divorce, but it is not recorded as one.

Additionally, the story uncovered the fact that women initiate a majority of divorces. In fact, around two-thirds of all divorces are initiated by women.

This new study highlights the fact that divorce is not often treated like a frivolous out for couples to use on a whim. More and more, couples are acting intentionally and making more sound decisions on whether or not to get married.

Of course, divorce is necessary for any of a number of scenarios. Staying locked in a loveless, or even dangerous, marriage will only result in negative feelings and consequences.

Source:, “Divorce rates are lower, but so are the number of people getting married,” Meghan Holohan, Dec. 3, 2014.