Thursday, 11 October 2007

US Divorce rate falling

As recently seen in Australia, the divorce rate is falling, busting all the commentary of ever present increases.

It seems a similar trend is happening in the US, as this article in the New York Times makes clear:

The story of ever-increasing divorce is a powerful narrative. It is also wrong. In fact, the divorce rate has been falling continuously over the past quarter-century, and is now at its lowest level since 1970. While marriage rates are also declining, those marriages that do occur are increasingly more stable. For instance, marriages that began in the 1990s were more likely to celebrate a 10th anniversary than those that started in the 1980s, which, in turn, were also more likely to last than marriages that began back in the 1970s.

1 comment:

B. James Stinson said...

This post is consistent with the case of Cordozar Calvin Broadus, a.k.a. "Snoop Dogg," a profane Los Angeles rapper who's a regular on the pornographic Girls Gone Wild video series and the Howard Stern Show.

Mr. Broadus filed for divorce in 2004 against Shante, his wife of seven years and mother of their three children. But in 2007 he reconciled with his wife, called off the divorce, and resumed his role as head of the family.

"I was caught up with Hollywood, and the girls and the night life," he told the World Entertainment News Network. "I thought I was 'the man' and I was willing to give up what I had at home for that, until I realized that what I had at home was irreplaceable, so I gave that up to go back home.

"I just don't want another man raising my kids. That was the main goal. I had kids with my wife because I wanted to be with my wife. And those three babies [Corde, Cordell and Coril] are all wanted, and I wanted to be with them."

Mr. Broadus embodies many of the pathologies of the contemporary ghetto, but - bless his heart - he "gets" fatherhood. Perhaps one silver lining of the U.S. cultural collapse of the 90s will be at least incrementally more durable marriages.

B. James Stinson