Divorce Rate Projected to Continue Dropping Despite Pandemic

Divorce Rate Projected to Continue Dropping Despite Pandemic

(LibertySociety.com) – COVID-19 has forced millions of Americans into their homes. In a way, it’s been great because they’ve had an opportunity to spend more time with their families. When it began, though, many worried it would lead to an increase in divorces and separations. That’s not panning out.

According to a study by the Institute for Family Studies (IFS), divorce rates hit the lowest level in 50 years in 2019. For every 1,000 marriages, only 14.9 ended. The organization said the rates will likely continue to fall in 2020 “despite the pandemic.” Although early data in March indicated the rate might rise, IFS’ American Family Survey revealed 58% of couples believe the virus brought them closer together.

W. Bradford Wilcox, an IFS senior fellow, said he believes the drop might also be the result of people being more “selective” about the partners they choose.

The news is great for those with a strong sense of family values. Sometimes, in a world as busy as ours, families don’t spend the time they should with one another. One benefit of the pandemic, maybe the only positive, is that they’re able to do that right now. Hopefully, it’s a trend that continues when the virus is a distant memory.

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