Some experts say rate is dropping because fewer people are getting married (co-habitation trends skews marriage and divorce stats). Also more marriage and building efforts are helping people to work harder to make marriage work. Marriages among college-educated are more stable.
America’s divorce rate climbed in the late 1960s and skyrocketed during the ’70s and reached its peak in 1981 when virtually all states adopted no-fault divorce laws. After an entire generation who grew up under the culture of divorce and having seen the destruction it caused to families and society at large, are more committed to make marriage work. Children of divorce are more determined to learn and fallout has taught us the value of marriage.
But folly of such report should not confuse us. Relationships are unstable as ever and problems like pornography and homosexuality is undermining marriages like never before. Those of us who work with families have much more to do and reclaim every generation from the curse of divorce.
I believe relationship skills and marriage education has to be made mandatory in schools and colleges. We teach young people every form of knowledge and skills, but never taught this essential life skill. Check out the Smart Marriage resources and their forthcoming conference in Denver.