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We’ve all heard the widely known divorce rate statistic that 50 percent of marriages end in divorce. Although it had its merits back in the 1970s and early 1980s, recent data shows that this old adage is simply not true anymore. It appears as though the rapid rise in divorce rates in the 1970s and 1980s was a bit of an anomaly.

According to an economist, Justin Wolfers, at the University of Michigan, if the current trends continue, nearly two thirds of marriages will never end in divorce. Experts have cited a variety of trends contributing to this shift, including changing gender roles, later marriages, and birth control.

With the ultimate goal of keeping families healthy – whether together or separating – we find these updated stats encouraging. Of course we are armed with all the tools and resources necessary to support a family through the transition of ending a marriage or partnership, but nothing brings us greater joy than seeing families staying connected and building healthy futures together.

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