Why Is US Divorce Rate Lower Than It's Been In 30 Years?

Published: Tuesday, February 14, 2017 - 2:58pm
Updated: Tuesday, February 14, 2017 - 3:09pm

It’s Valentine's Day, so the topic of divorce is not one you’d expect, or even necessarily want, to hear about today. But, in this case, it might be OK.

The divorce rate in the U.S. is the lowest it’s been in more than 30 years.

To find out what’s behind that, I’m joined by Wendy Manning. Manning is a professor at Bowling Green State University and co-director of the National Center for Family and Marriage Research.

She said that people seem to be waiting longer to get married now than in the past.

Nick Wolfinger agrees that’s contributing to there being fewer divorces.

Wolfinger is a demographer who studies marriage and divorce in the U.S. and is a professor of Family and Consumer Studies and an adjunct professor of Sociology at the University of Utah.

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