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When are marriages most vulnerable to divorce?

You've heard the grim statistics about the divorce rates in the United States. But there is a glimmer of hope, as the most recent census indicated that the divorce rate appears to be leveling off after decades of it increasing.

More married couples are sticking together long enough to celebrate their 10-year anniversaries. But all is not perfect, as the "seven-year itch" is still a factor in the 50 percent of first marriages that wind up on the rocks.

The divorce rate in America peaked in the 1980s, according to past census data. But nearly 75 percent of couples who got married after 1990 stayed together for a decade, which is 3 percent more than those who got hitched in the 80s.

Divorce is more common in the first few years after the marriage because it doesn't take too long for spouses to see how incompatible they truly are.

The trend toward divorce has been accelerating since the latter part of the 60s and the 70s as divorce laws became more lenient and the process became easier.

There did seem to be a heightened urge to end many marriages around the seventh year, but one researcher said not much should be assumed by that, as the number represented an average.

One potential stabilizing factor that could account for fewer divorces is that couples are marrying later in life. In 1950 the median age for women getting married for the first time was 20, and for men, 23. By the 2010 census, those ages had increased to 26 and 28, respectively.

The number of cohabiting couples who choose not to marry also affects the divorce rates.

But all the statistics in the world don't matter when it is your own marriage on the chopping block. The first move you make should be to consult with a Florida family law attorney who can advise you of the best strategies to use to protect your assets and rights in a divorce.

Source: CNSNews.com, "Census: Divorces Decline but 7-Year Itch Persists," Hope Yen, accessed Sept. 1, 2017

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