|The title of a recent AP article really made me happy. The title "U.S. Divorce Rate at Lowest Level Since 1970" seemed like great news. |
But the euphoria lasted only one moment, because as I read further I realized that the marriage rate is down and therefore the divorce rates are down. This title only reflects divorces, not couples who live together without the benefit of marriage who then decide to live separately. In fact, not only are more couples breaking commitments, but many more are even afraid to make a commitment. Therefore, the title of the article does not necessarily reflect good news, but bad.
The article quoted many different reasons for this drop in divorces such as pre-marital counseling, more openness towards counseling, more classes available to couples with issues, couples marrying later in life and a greater trend towards couples working out their differences instead of divorcing.
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