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Divorce rates decline but vary from state to state

Minnesota residents may be surprised to find that people in across the country may be less likely to divorce than in previous decades, although researchers say this figure varies from state to state. According to the National Center for Family and Marriage Research at Bowling Green State University, overall, divorce has hit nearly a 40-year low with 16.9 divorces per 1,000 marriages in 2015. While Hawaii has the lowest divorce rate, Washington D.C. has the highest with nearly 30 divorces per 1,000 marriages.

Marriage is on the rise as well, and in 2015, it reached its highest point since 2009. However, experts say that the statistics are not necessarily related. In fact, despite a recent increase in marriages, people do not marry as much or as young as they did in previous decades, and this could be one reason for the decline in divorces.

Experts also say that any given marriage has about a 50/50 chance of success. However, there are other factors that influence this. Second and subsequent marriages are more likely to end in divorce than first marriages. Couples with more education and more money are more likely to remain married.

When divorce does seem likely, the person who is considering it might want to talk to an attorney first. In discussing their family situation and finances, they might begin to get an idea of how property will be divided and whether joint custody of children might be appropriate. People may experience overwhelming emotions during a divorce, but it is important that they make decisions for their financial well-being and in the best interests of their children.

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