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Divorce rates fall, Illinois divorce still possible

It really depends on which "expert" you consult when you want to update your knowledge of the divorce rate in the United States. ABC News has come out and said that the divorce rate is out of control and that America is sitting on a 50 percent divorce rate. Also, Fox News reported the same information; that the poverty level and the divorce rate were going up. Other popular television stations are reporting the same sad tale.

Conventional wisdom is generally based on what may or may not be the truth, and in this case, it isn't true. Social scientists are now saying that the divorce rate is not only stabilizing but falling to a new low.

In the 1970s and early 1980s, the divorce rate peaked and held for a bit at the 50th percentile, but it is definitely lower now. In the 1990s, a full 70 percent of the marriages made it to their 15th anniversary. Those married in the 2000s are holding on even longer.

It must be said, of course, that some of us are in the 30 percent who cannot stay married. It is a very trying experience to go through a separation and many issues come up that are hard to discuss with someone that you have grown apart from.

There are many reasons for getting a divorce and apparently, there are a few for remaining married. Getting married later in life, using birth control and even marrying out of love supposedly can make a difference in your marital status. All this is good news for some; however, it doesn't comfort those who have to go through the wrenching experience of getting a divorce.

Women are the main initiators of divorce in America. A full two-thirds of divorces are started by the female in the relationship. Women have different expectations these days and if they become distant or disillusioned, they are not afraid to pull the trigger on a marriage.

If you are contemplating a divorce, you may want to contact someone who knows the laws of Illinois and can make sure you get what is rightfully yours.

Source: New York times, "The divorce surge is over, but the myth lives on" Dec. 02, 2014

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