Divorce Rate in America

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Divorce Rate in America
Nicole L. Whitsey
Mrs. Julie Pal-Agrawal

July 30, 2011

In the article “Divorce in Rate America” the Author gives the rates of first, second and third time divorcees. The author states that the frequently reported divorce rate of 50% is incorrect. Although it is close, unfortunately the rate is higher than what is actually reported. In this article the author notes a projected trend that “40 or possibly even 50 percent of marriages will end in divorce if the current trend continues” (The Daily Seven- Divorce Rate in America - 2010). I do not agree with the authors reasoning as to why divorces occur. I’m not one that believes divorce fixes problems. I believe it only temporarily rids problems that surface in the future. Many believe individuals lack the commitments, responsibilities, morals, ethics and values that are needed to maintain a healthy relationship but I believe counseling and encouragement from one another can correct this problem.

In this article the author brings to the reader’s attention that the childless divorce rate is higher than the divorce rate for people with children. It is reported that at least 66% of all divorced couples are childless. While this may be true, what is this telling the childless couples who are headed for divorce? I do not agree that bringing a child into the equation will change the problems at hand. For the same reason many couples start off having minor problems and those problems go unresolved. They get married and the problems are still present which soon result in divorce.

Also stated by the author is that the divorce rate in America for the first time marriage vs. second or third is at a growing rate. The author includes a snippet from the Enrichment Journal that states “ the divorce rate for 1st time marriages is 41%, 2nd time marriages is 60% & for 3rd time marriages 73%”. Granted that divorce seems to be deemed as the cure-all for...
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