The divorce rate in America is a source of great controversy: not only are there differing opinions on whether or not divorce is a good thing, but the very divorce rate is often debated. Some experts place the divorce rate as high as fifty percent, claiming that nearly half of all marriages end in divorce. Others state that this number is inflated by the same individuals divorcing multiple times, or that the number simply is not that high.
If a recent survey is any indication, the divorce rate in the country may be climbing past the fifty percent mark. But government data indicates that divorces have been declining since the 1980s, and experts claim that the average marriage now lasts longer than it used to and that younger generations are marrying more selectively. You may wonder how these experts can then claim that divorce numbers will rise, but they have an answer: baby boomers.
According to statistics, the baby boomer generation is responsible for record divorce rates and has been for a few decades. In fact, the rate of divorce for people between the ages of 55 and 64 was more than twice as high in 2012 than it was in 1990. In just over a decade, an entire generation started divorcing at more than double the rate. With baby boomers taking up such a large portion of the population, and with younger generations waiting longer on average to get married, it makes sense that divorce rates might soar in the next few years.
Of course, none of this data is directly relevant to a particular person. Just because you are part of the baby boomer generation does not mean that you will get divorced soon, and just because you are a young adult does not mean you won't get divorced. Still, it is useful to know how data is trending, and the most important thing to remember is that divorce is an option; you should never rule out divorce simply because you are afraid of what others will think. If you live in Michigan and you are considering divorce, talk to an attorney about what you can expect from the process.