Divorce rates in Missouri and around the country fell to a near 40-year low in 2015 according to a report released Nov. 17 by Bowling Green University's National Center for Family and Marriage Research. Another NCFMR report reveals that the number of marriages for each 1,000 unmarried women increased from 31.9 in 2014 to 32.2 in 2015. The researchers say these findings suggest that marriage rates could be stabilizing after years of decline.
Divorce rates for every 1,000 married women fell from 17.6 in 2014 to 16.9 in 2015 according to the NCFMR data. Divorce rates have been falling steadily since peaking in 1980, and most experts believe that this reflects a shift in societal views on cohabitation. They say that fewer couples are getting divorced because fewer are getting married in the first place, and they point out that the odds of staying together have not really changed much for couples who do decide to walk down the aisle.