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Divorce Myths Debunked

Huffington Post     First Posted: 01/07/11 02:30 AM ET   Updated: 05/25/11 07:25 PM ET

Are you terrified by statistics that ominously indicate that the divorce rate is rising, half of all marriages end in divorce, and America has the highest divorce rate in the world? Are you a police officer who believes that divorce is imminent because of your job, or a parent of an autistic child who thinks there is no chance for marital bliss? Think again. These often misquoted statistics are wrong--overused, undercited, and lacking adequate research. Click through for the top nine divorce myths.

Half of All Marriages End in Divorce
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This oft-quoted statistic is wrong. As blogger and professor Robert Hughes pointed out, there are many ways to calculate the national divorce rate, all of which yield different results. In her guide to marriage, For Better, Tara Parker-Pope writes that since the 1970s, "marital stability appears to be improving each decade.” Many factors hinge on marital longevity, including age, education, and income level. According to research at the University of Pennsylvania, age is one of the clearest predictions of divorce. 81% of college graduates who got married in the 1980s at age 26 or older were still married 20 years later, compared with 65% of college grads who got hitched before their 26th birthdays.
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