PA: The Good News: Divorce Rates are Falling, The Bad News: Fewer People are Getting Married … Later

In Pennsylvania, divorce rates have dropped by more than ten (10%) percent in the last decade or so. In some counties in the state, the decline was even sharper, as much as twenty-five (25%) percent.

Are we doing something very right to account for the reduction in divorces?

Well, yes and no.

The most likely reasons for it are:

  • couples delaying marriage until they are older
  • couples being generally more educated than ever when they marry
  • premarital and marital counseling becoming more accepted and more common
  • more testing of premarital couples, with trial cohabitation discouraging more mismatches and
  • marriages are just plain fewer in number

Read more in this [PA] Morning Call article: Divorce rates fall as couples marry later.