WASHINGTON (AP) - New census figures show the "seven-year"
itch persists - couples who break up typically separate upon seven
years of marriage, and divorce a year later.
The 2009 data released Wednesday also show U.S. divorces are
leveling off after decades of increases. The census report found
that among all race groups, women who were ever married and then
divorced reached as high as 41 percent among 50- to 59-year-olds.
That's down from 44 percent in 2004.
The exception was black women ages 50 to 59. Their divorce rate
edged up to 48 percent.
Rose Kreider, a census demographer, says recent increases in
couples cohabitating as well as rising median ages before marriage
are contributing to overall declines in divorce as people wait
longer before making long-term commitments.
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