In a recent report “As Two-Income Family Model Matures, Divorce Rate Falls” published by CNBC, correspondent David Milstead explains that “The divorce rate is actually falling in America, thanks to economic and behavioral changes.”

According to Milstead, “The big spike in divorce came in the postwar period, particularly the 1970s, a time when women entered the workforce in large numbers and divorce laws were liberalized.”

“But in the last couple of decades, even as women have continued working and divorce remains an easy legal procedure, the rates have fallen as couples marry later and, some say, are better managing the two-income life that may have been a stress point for past unions.”

Divorce statistics bear this out.

The U.S. Census Bureau publishes a periodic report called “Number, Timing, and Duration of Marriages and Divorces” which classifies men and women by age group, then categorizes them as “never married,” or some form of “ever married,” including “ever divorced” or “ever widowed.”

In the 1996 survey, the proportion of men ages 40 to 49 who were “ever divorced” was 34.1 percent; by the 2009 survey, that number had dropped to 28.5 percent.

This is encouraging news for married couples around the world, and shows that the institution of marriage and marriages worldwide can adapt to the different needs of different times.

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