Friendly Divorces up in Alabama as Generation X Divorces Learn From Baby Boomer Divorces

Posted by Steven D. Eversole | Jul 18, 2011 | 0 Comments

A recent Wall Street Journal article delves into the lowering divorce rate throughout the United States, how people are getting married later in life and how if they get divorced, parents are more likely to settle a divorce without expensive and lengthy contested divorces in Alabama and elsewhere.

While the divorce rate is lower than in the past, those who go through a divorce in Birmingham understand the emotional toll the process can take. That's why Birmingham Divorce Lawyers are prepared to use years of experience and knowledge toward working on your behalf in a family split up. Not all divorces are peaceful and sometimes aggressive tactics are needed in order to secure a fair and equitable resolution.


It's true that about half of all marriages end in divorce. Still, divorce itself is at a low compared to previous decades because fewer people are getting married or they are waiting until later in life to tie the knot. In Alabama, consider the last 19 years of divorce rates per 1,000 total population, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:

1990 — 6.1
2000 — 5.5
2005 — 4.9
2009 — 4.4

It's obvious that the numbers are coming down and that's just since 1990. Nationwide, fewer people are getting married, CDC stats suggest. In 2000, there were 2,315,000 marriages among 281,422,000 people in the United States, for an 8.2 rate per 1,000 people. In 2009, there were 2,080,000 marriages among 306,803,000 people, a 6.8 rate.

The Wall Street Journal article lays out the experience of one Generation X member — born between 1965 and 1980 — whose experience with divorce is similar to many others who grew up in that time frame. Divorce rates, which peaked around 1980, are now at their lowest level since 1970. But many children of those divorces were adversely affected and vowed not to repeat the same for their children.

According to U.S. Census data, 77 percent of couples who married since 1990 made their 10-year anniversaries. The average marrying age in 1950 was 23, while in 2009 it was 28 for men and 26 for women.

But while divorces do happen, the author opines that divorce mediation is at an all-time high. While those getting divorced now remember the painful divorces of their childhood, they are now looking to more friendly ways to dissolve a marriage. And joint custody, which is available in every state — only nine permitted it in the 1970s — is another way to keep both parents involved and ensure the child or children have stability and a better future.

Divorce is a sad, but sometimes necessary solution to a frustrating relationship. Birmingham Divorce Lawyers believe that divorce mediation and joint custody if both parents are fit to help their children can ease the pain caused by such a decision. It is our desire to make sure our clients and their children are best cared for in a divorce. If you or a loved one faces this difficult decision, contact our firm today.

Additional Resources:

The Divorce Generation, by Susan Gregory Thomas, The Wall Street Journal

About the Author

Steven D. Eversole

J.D., Samford University's Cumberland School of Law, Birmingham, Alabama B.A., University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, Alabama


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