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Divorce Rate in the U.S.
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Divorce Rate in the U.S.
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Introduction
A. 50% of all marriages in the U.S. end in divorce.
B. The divorce rates in the United States have risen to 50% of all marriages due to
independence, financial issues, and infidelity.

Cause
II.

Financial Issues
A. Financial issues play a crucial role in the increasing cases of divorce in the United States.
B. Unexpected expenses and savings, gambling, and secret spending
C. Decline in living standards.
III.
Infidelity is a major cause of divorce in the United States.
A. 20-40% of divorces in the United States are caused by cases of infidelity (Bow &
Quinnell, 2001).
B. Infidelity often leads to divorce as it creates feelings of anger, confusion, betrayal, and
grief in the marriage.
IV. Women's independence is another major cause of divorce.
A. Change in roles and equality has also increased the rate of divorce.
B. Equality movement
Effect
V.
A.
B.
C.
D.

The increasing divorce rates have positive and negative effects.
At an individual level, divorce often results in higher levels of substance abuse,
psychological distress, depression, and lower levels of overall well-being.
Affect children's well-being significantly.
Lack of a stable family may also affect the child’s access to education
Divorce rates also results in positive effects.

Conclusion
VI.

To this end, it is arguable that divorce rates in the United States have risen to 50% of all
marriages due to independence, financial issues, and infidelity.

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Divorce Rate in the U.S.
Student's Name
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Divorce Rate in the U.S.
50% of all marriages in the U.S. end in divorce. In the past 25 years, divorce rates have
increased dramatically in the United States. Records by Marcassa (2013) indicate that about half
of all divorces often happen within the first seven years of marriage, where the separation usually
begins after the first two years of marriage. An increase in divorce has caused a consequential
decline in marriage rates, which has led to a reduction in the positive definition of family.
Although Payne (2018) argues that divorce has declined significantly compared to the 1970s and
the 1990s, the divorce rate in the U.S. is still ...

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