The Modern Day American Divorce



Since the early 1980s, a theory emerged stating that divorce rates will continue to rise in the United States.  This theory manifested during a time when divorce rates were around 40%.  Interestingly, since then, divorce rates have actually declined!

Data collected between 2006 and 2010 by the National Survey of Family Growth says the probability of a marriage lasting for at least 10 years is 68% for women and 70% for men.  For marriages reaching 20 years in length, the success rate is 52% for women and 56% for men.1

As a result, the stigma associated with a divorce is waning and is becoming more socially acceptable.  Some people attribute this to former President of the United States, Ronald Reagan.  Reagan, a divorcee himself, passed a bill when Governor of California, that introduced the concept of “irreconcilable differences.”  This occurred in 1969, during a time when divorce was considered very taboo.

What was also taboo during those times was having “mixed families,” meaning having children from two different marriages, etc.  Nowadays having a mixed family is becoming much more common.  The modern consensus is that it’s better to have the parents separated rather have them live in the same house.  This was with keeping the best interest of children in mind.

While it is great to know that divorce is on the decline, it is also great to know there is less of a social stigma regarding divorce.  If you are seeking professional help, please feel free to contact Fernandez, Socci & Nieves Family Law at 978-681-5454 or email

About the Firm

Fernandez, Socci & Nieves Family Law, based in North Andover, Massachusetts, not only serves North Andover, MA, but also Andover, MA, Methuen, MA, Boxford, MA, and West Boxford, MA and surrounding areas, including Southern New Hampshire.  The law firm has consistently been recognized as a “Best Law Firm” from in US. News & World Report .  If you are considering divorce, or have other family law-related concerns such as child custody, mediation / arbitration, modifications, pre-nuptial / post-nuptial, or paternity matters, consider contacting Fernandez, Socci & Nieves Family Law.

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