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Divorce rate is dropping in the long term

According to relatively recent statistics, the divorce rate across the county has been falling fairly consistently since the last decade. To clarify any confusion about what the divorce rate entails, in this post, it represents the number of women's marriages that end in divorce in a given year. For example, in 2015, for every 1,000 married women, there were almost 17 that ended in a divorce.

The frequency of divorces peaked out in the late 1970s and remained over 20 per 1,000 through the 1980s. It seems from the numbers that divorce was more in favor with Baby Boomers than it was with their children and grandchildren.

Even though it has the reputation of being a divorce haven, California actually has a rather low divorce rate compared with other states, ranking in the bottom 10. The divorce rate in California, at least as of 2015, was hovering between 12 and 15.

One should not take these statistics as a sign that divorce is going away any time soon. For one, as mentioned, these are annual divorce rates, so it may still be fair to say that around half of marriages ultimately end in divorce.

Moreover, even if overall divorce rates drop, there are also many people who continue to have relationships without getting married. When these relationships end, issues like child support and child custody will still have to be discussed. In some cases, even property division can be in play between unmarried couples.

The bottom line is that there is still a likelihood that, at some point in their lives, an Orange County resident is going to have to navigate through some family law issues or, at least, be close to someone who will.

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