Divorce on the Decline, Census Reveals

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After years of increases in the nationwide divorce rate, more Americans who get married are now staying married.

The latest U.S. census shows that three out of four people who got married after 1990 are still married at least 10 years later. That is up 3 percent from the 1980s when divorce hit a record high.

"Most divorces have always occurred within 10 years of marriage because most people who are unhappily married figure that out quickly," said Andrew Cherlin, a sociology professor at Johns Hopkins University

But now, the Census Bureau reports, more couples are choosing to live together before they get married and that plays a factor in lowering the divorce rate.

Another factor is the fact that Americans are getting married later in life. By then they are more mature and financially secure.

"There's a new marriage bargain based on having two earners that seems to be working for more and more couples," Cherlin explained.

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