Analyzing the Latest Divorce Statistics in the U.S., As They Continue to Decrease & Reach a Modern All-Time Low

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The divorce rate in the United States is falling year by year. But what does it mean? Maryland divorce attorney Brandon Bernstein of the Law Offices of Brandon Bernstein offers insight into the numbers.

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Clearly the status of marriage, what people are hoping to achieve personally and professionally, and what it signifies has changed over the years.

The latest statistics for the divorce rate in the United States show that the figure has reached a modern low point and continues to drop, something which has been consistently true over the past several decades. While it's important to be aware of the trends, it's also worthwhile to take a closer look at the numbers to try to determine the cause and what it means.

According to the latest divorce statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the divorce rate dropped to a new low in 2014, the last year for which data is currently compiled. The 2014 divorce rate was 3.2 per 1,000 people, based on overall raw numbers of 813,862 divorces and annulments and a population of 256,483,624. Certain states did not contribute data, including California, Georgia, Hawaii, Indiana and Minnesota.

Maryland divorce attorney Brandon Bernstein of the Law Offices of Brandon Bernstein shares his insight based on what he sees firsthand.

"Clearly the status of marriage, what people are hoping to achieve personally and professionally, and what it signifies has changed over the years," said attorney Brandon Bernstein.

The new rate of 3.2 per 1,000 is the lowest figure yet, as yearly data since the turn of the millennium showcase a consistent drop from a rate of 4.0 per 1,000 in 2000. Looking back farther, CDC data shows a rate of 4.7 in 1990, and 5.3 in 1981. That's nearly a 40% drop in the span of the past 35 years.

One overlooked aspect of this is that the marriage rate has dropped in unison with the divorce rate. In 2014, CDC data showcases a marriage rate of 6.9 per 1,000 people, down from 8.2 per 1,000 in 2000.

With less people getting married, not only are there less new marriages which are theoretically eligible for divorce, but more importantly, the underlying trend is that individuals who do opt to get married are perhaps more committed to making the relationship work over the long haul. The theory suggests that those who are not getting married now may have been the more likely to get a divorce, contributing to the correlated decrease across both statistics.

Each person and his or her relationship and circumstances are always different, so it's important to make an intelligent, personalized decision, not a choice based as part of a larger cultural trend. With any questions or for immediate assistance, contact an experienced Maryland divorce attorney by visiting BrandonBernsteinLaw.com, or calling the office directly at 240.395.1418.

About the Law Offices of Brandon Bernstein, LLC

The Law Offices of Brandon Bernstein, LLC is located in downtown Bethesda, and serves clients throughout the state as a divorce attorney in Maryland, covering a broad range of family law matters, and aggressively protecting the best interests of his clients at all times. He has been named a Maryland Rising Star by Super Lawyers for three consecutive years. The core pillars of his practice are Integrity, Experience, and Results. For a free attorney consultation, prospective clients can visit his website at BrandonBernsteinLaw.com, or call the office directly at 240.395.1418.

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