Divorces hit a historical high point in 1979, when 22.6 marriages out of every 1,000 broke up, according to researchers at the National Center for Family and Marriage Research at Bowling Green University.
By 2017, the rate had dropped to 16.1 divorces for every 1,000 marriages. That’s a decrease of 28.8% from the high point, and the lowest the divorce rate has been in 40 years.
One cause, researchers believe, is that people are delaying marriage.
“There’s a fear of divorce or a specter of divorce looming large in people’s minds,” said Wendy D. Manning, co-director of Bowling Green’s Center for Family and Marriage Research. “They don’t want to make a mistake. They’re waiting longer to get married to divorce-proof their marriage.”