Perhaps this trend can be credited to gender roles becoming more balanced. More women are working outside of the home than they were in the 70s and 80s, more men are able to balance work-life and are more involved in the raising of their children. Is there more partnership and equality happening in marriages now than there was with the “breadwinner/homemaker” model of generations gone by?
Some of this decline in the divorce rate has been attributed to couples delaying marriage until they are a little older, and ostensibly more mature. For example, in 2004, the average age of marriage in the U.S. was 26 for women and 27 for men. In 2013, according to the U.S. Census Bureau numbers, the median age for women was 27, and for men was 29. The 2011 Canadian census listed average ages as 28 for women and 31 for men. Perhaps one could surmise that marrying later in life means relationships will last, that families will hold together, and that the divorce rate will continue to decline. Well, maybe not.
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When I decided to leave my marriage I had given it a lot of thought. There were difficulties but basically I felt we were just not going in the same direction. We definitely had different views on money management. I was more conservative and he was more of a fly by the seat of your pants kind of guy. That all changed when I decided to leave. At that point he became very interested in our finances and surprised me with how careless he could actually be.