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Is divorce rate higher for millennials?

Many factors come into play when a California couple or others around the country decide to end a marriage. For whatever the reasons that lead to a divorce, couples of all ages routinely decide to call it quits. Researchers have long tried to analyze divorce trends among the different generations. Is there one age group that has a higher divorce rate than the others?

Some generations have established age definitions, such as the Silent Generation, representing those born from the mid-1920s to the mid-1940s. Baby boomers are those individuals born between 1946 and 1965. Beyond these, the age ranges are not as widely agreed upon. Generation X members are considered to be those who were born between 1965 and 1984. Millennials may include those currently from 22 to 37 years of age, depending on those tracking the data.

For the Silent Generation, marriage rates soared after the end of World War II and large families were common. Baby boomers still tended to marry before age 30; however, the peak divorce rates occurred in the 1970s and 1980s with this group. Boomers have also come back into the news with the phenomenon of "gray divorce," where more and more couples are divorcing after age 50.

Gen X couples are waiting longer to get married, which seems to correlate with lower divorce rates, according to research. For this age group, only one-third of them are getting married before age 30. Also, there has been a decrease in the divorce rate since the 1980s. While this trend started with Gen X, the millennials are continuing in the same pattern with no major changes.

Divorce can be an overwhelming experience, no matter what age someone is. A California divorce attorney can be a valuable partner for anyone going the process of ending a marriage. A knowledgeable lawyer will work with clients to achieve the best possible outcome in the proceedings.

Source:, "Are Millennial Women Getting Divorced More Than Gen X?", Vanessa Taylor, March 17, 2018

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