June 9, 2010
Census Divorce Statistics
More than 70% of those who married since 1970 celebrated a 10th anniversary.
That statistic — one of many released Wednesday by the U.S. Census — shows that divorce itself has stabilized in recent decades, neither rising nor falling significantly. But experts say the longitudinal information also suggests divorce remains a threat throughout married life.
"People are at risk of divorce throughout their
marriages. That risk probably peaks in years 5 through 10," says Andrew
Cherlin, a sociology professor at
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