Millennials Driving Down Divorce Rate

, Malcolm A. Kline, Leave a comment

They get blamed for a lot but do they get credit where it’s due? “Generation X and especially millennials are being pickier about who they marry, tying the knot at older ages when education, careers and finances are on track,” Ben Staverman reported in Bloomberg News on September 25, 2018. “The result is a U.S. divorce rate that dropped 18 percent from 2008 to 2016, according to an analysis by University of Maryland sociology professor Philip Cohen.”
By way of contrast, this is a stability that has eluded their elders. “From 1990 to 2015, according to Bowling Green’s National Center for Family and Marriage Research, the divorce rate doubled for people aged 55 to 64, and even tripled for Americans 65 and older,” Staverman reports. “Cohen’s results suggest this trend, called ‘grey divorce,’ may have leveled out in the past decade, but boomers are still divorcing at much higher rates than previous generations did at similar ages.”