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Lower divorce rates but marriage on the rise

For the third consecutive year, the divorce rate dropped in 2015, but experts say that couples in Georgia and throughout the country are not necessarily less likely to end their relationships. For individual marriages, some say, there remains a 50/50 chance of divorce.

The 2015 figure of 16.9 divorces per 1,000 marriages is almost a 40-year low. Marriage is on the rise although it is not approaching levels comparable to decades earlier. It is at its highest rate since 2009 and may be stabilizing. However, the decrease in marriages overall throughout the decades may be one reason for the lower divorce rate. It is more common for people to be single or to move in with a partner rather than getting married than it was in earlier decades.

Other factors affect the health of a marriage. Second and third marriages are more likely to end in divorce than first marriages. Wealth and education are a factor with better-educated people less likely to divorce. Even geography may play a part, and studies show that couples living in Hawaii are the least likely to get divorced while those in the District of Columbia are the most likely.

People who are considering divorce may have many questions about the process and might want to start by obtaining legal advice. They may be able to discuss their fears and goals regarding child custody and finances and how they might move forward to a satisfactory outcome. In many cases, couples are able to resolve their issues through a settlement agreement negotiated with the assistance of their respective attorneys.

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