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Marriage Is Alive and Well in the World Today

December 19, 2009

The fact of the matter is this — marriage is alive and well in the United States and around the world!  It is the single greatest contributor to social order on planet Earth.   And the fact of the matter is this — marriage is the most profound commitment to lasting love that exists.  Those who question its importance ignore the facts.

Statistically, there is substantial support for our point of view.  According to the best estimates we can find, there were some 43,500,000 marriages worldwide in 2007.  There were 8,750,000 divorces in the same year.  If you do the math you can see that worldwide, marriages outnumber divorces by a ratio of 5 to 1.  Stated clearly and succinctly, there were five marriages for every one divorce in the world last year.  Hardly sounds like the death of marriage to us.

When you discount for the number of divorcees in America who get divorced multiple times, the “divorce rate” and its impact is much less than that reported by the popular media.  The “real” divorce rate in the USA in terms of its true societal impact is far less than the 50% rate reported.  When discounted for those who have multiple divorces, the “true” impact divorce rate is closer to 35% or 40%.

In fact, the national per capita divorce rate has declined steadily since its peak in 1981 and is now at its lowest level since 1970.  The fact that the per capita divorce has declined should be cause for celebration.

By America’s #1 Love and Marriage Experts
Dr. Charles D. Schmitz and Dr. Elizabeth A. Schmitz
For more marriage advice visit their website Simple Things Matter