U.S. divorce rates returning to idyllic 1950s levels
More than 65 percent of first marriages reach their 10th anniversaries. That number has jumped to about 80 percent for recent marriages.
Many long for the 1950s, when intact, happily married couples populated the popular imagination. In a way, that era has quietly returned. The average number of children exposed to divorce today has dropped to near the average experienced during that decade.
The rate of divorce among Baby Boomers is lower than that of their parents. Their children's divorce rate is even lower.
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U.S. Divorce Rate Lowest Since 1970
America's divorce rate began climbing in the late 1960s and skyrocketed during the '70s and early '80s, as virtually every state adopted no-fault divorce laws. The rate peaked at 5.3 divorces per 1,000 people in 1981.
But since then it's dropped by one-third, to 3.6. That's the lowest rate since 1970.