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Divorce takes center stage over same-sex marriage

It's hard to believe that it has been almost a year since the Supreme Court's ruling on same-sex marriage. And while support for and against same-sex marriage spread like wildfire in the months following the ruling, things have seemed to settle down. In fact, according to a new survey, Americans have grown quite comfortable with the idea of same-sex marriage and quite uncomfortable with the idea of divorce. 

The National Center for Health Statistics released the results of information gathered through the surveying of thousands of young adults and teenagers regarding U.S. family relationships. As could be expected, the results show changes from a decade prior on a wide range of topics including same-sex marriage. However, the most surprising result didn't have anything to do with same-sex marriage. When asked about social changes such as the 2015 marriage equality ruling of the U.S. Supreme Court, American teens have become increasingly supportive and accepting. In contrast, teens and young adults surveyed about their feelings on divorce showed a decrease in the belief it is the best solution for a struggling marriage.

Of the women surveyed, 38 percent agreed divorce is the best solution for a strained marriage, down from 47 percent only a decade ago. The number of men supporting divorce had also dropped to 39 percent from its previous 44 percent. 

Although roughly 50 percent of marriages end in divorce, this survey may indicate a future decrease in that statistic as these young adults and teens get older and enter into matrimony. Other findings offered in the survey show an increase in acceptance of same-sex marriages as well as the rights for same-sex couples to adopt and raise children.

Even though this survey suggests less and less young people are approving of divorce, the numbers don't lie, and half of those entering into matrimony may eventually exit it. For individuals considering divorce, speaking to an experienced divorce attorney may help.

Source: NBCNews, "Americans OK Gay Marriage, Cautious on Divorce," March 17, 2016

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