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Millennials are Finding More Marital Success

La Jolla, CA- They may get called “snowflakes” and be accused of requiring “trigger warnings” and “safe spaces,” but millennials are doing one thing better than their oft-critical elders: winning at marriage.

Younger couples take a different approach to relationships than baby boomers, who married young, divorced and remarried. The result is a divorce rate in America that dropped 18 percent from 2008 to 2016, Bloomberg reported, citing an analysis by University of Maryland sociology professor Philip Cohen.
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Millennials are choosy about marriage. They’re waiting until they’re older to put a ring on it, which means they’re more likely to be highly educated, and their careers and finances are in better shape.

You might think that the divorce rate reduction can be chalked up to news we’ve reported previously about how marriage rates are falling among millennials. That isn’t the case in this study.

“Cohen calculates the divorce rate as a ratio of divorces to the total number of married women,” the Bloomberg article stated. “So, the divorce rate’s decline isn’t a reflection of a decline in marriages. Rather, it’s evidence that marriages today have a greater chance of lasting than marriages did ten years ago.”

The Changing Times
Divorce rates peaked in the 1970s, when about half of all marriages ended in divorce. That number has been on the decline since.

In addition to waiting until they’re older to marry, other factors that contribute to millennials’ marital success rates include more selective use of birth control, changes in male and female gender roles, and the fact that people are more dedicated to marrying for love, which means they take their time to make the best choice they can, according to The Good Men Project.

Millennials today also might face less religious pressure to get married. A 2014 Pew Religious Landscape Study found that one third of millennials – identified as being born between 1981 and 1996 – have no religious affiliation. By comparison, 17 percent of baby boomers claim no religious affiliation.

Another big change in the marriage landscape is that the times have changed regarding single women. They’re unlikely to be called “spinsters” and “old maids” for not being married by a certain age. They can wait for Mr. Right without feeling the pressure of a ticking clock.

“I applaud young adults who are taking their time to walk down the aisle and in doing so, ensuring that they have found the partner they truly want to be with for the rest of their lives,” said John Griffith, an Encinitas family lawyer.

In addition to making more well thought-out decisions in a marital partner, millennials also are being wiser with their assets prior to marrying. Be sure to check out our recent blog post on why more millennials are entering into prenuptial agreements.

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