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A portion of the 1040 U.S. Individual Income Tax Return form for 2018 is displayed, Tuesday, July 24, 2018, in New York. The $1.5-trillion tax overhaul includes the end of a 75-year-old deduction on alimony payments. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)

Young couples are driving the divorce rate down


WASHINGTON (Circa) — Millennials are causing a decline in yet another American institution. This time it's divorce. According to a study out the University of Maryland, divorce rates are down 18 percent from 2006 to 2016.

The study, done by sociology professor Philip Cohen, suggests that both millennials and Gen-Xers are being more selective about who they marry and are getting hitch after they're financially stable. Although the marriage rate has also fallen significantly over the last several decades, it has no effect on this study. This research is based on the divorce rate as a ratio of divorces to the total number of married women. That essentially means the two studies are not linked.

Staying together appears to be a young concept. According to Bloomberg, the Baby Boomer generation is still separating at a high rate. According to Bowling Green’s National Center for Family and Marriage Research, between 1990 and 2015, the divorce rate doubled for people aged 55 to 64, and even tripled for Americans 65 and older.

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