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Divorce rates dropping due to millennials

Even when a divorce is right for everyone involved, it can still be a difficult event in a person's life. Perhaps that is why, according to recent research, younger people are finding ways to avoid getting divorced. Millennials are often blamed for declines in various industries, and the wedding industry may be the next casualty. Experts speculate that the dropping divorce rates among this age demographic may be due to several different factors that New Jersey families may find informative.

A recent study shows that, since 1981, divorce rates across generations have dropped by 24%. This is, apparently, due to millennials waiting longer to marry, or not marrying at all. The average age a millennial woman gets married in the United States is now 27 and for millennial men, it's 29. About 25% of millennials will never marry at all. Though this generation is still engaging in romantic relationships, they are dating for much longer before tying the knot -- they date for an average of 4.9 years before getting married and are more likely to live together first.

Finances may play a big part in all of this. Experts think that the potential cost of divorce may be causing some young people to wait to get married. Many people in this generation have student loans or other debt they wish to pay off before settling down. Several of them are making their careers a priority in order to feel more financially secure.

Whatever the reason a person of any age decides to divorce, it is an important event that deserves special consideration. A seasoned family law attorney can assist those here in New Jersey who are considering getting a divorce. It is nothing that should cause a person shame and can often be the first step to a brighter future.

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