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The Old “Father Knows Best”

Homes are Increasingly Rare

  • Married couples in which only the husband is employed: 22.4%
  • Married couples in which only the wife is employed: 6.8%
  • Married couples in which both partners are employed: 53.5%

The Seven Year Mark is the Hardest

  • Median duration of first marriages that end in divorce: Males: 7.8 years, Females: 7.9 years.
  • Median duration of second marriages that end in divorce: Males 7.3 years, Females: 6.8 years.
    (All of above from U.S. Census Bureau)

More of Us Are Divorcing

  • 80% of divorces are unilateral (Harvard University Press)
  • Divorce increased almost 40% from 1970 to 1975 (National Center for Health Statistics).
  • The number of currently divorced adults quadrupled from 1970-4.3 mill. To 1994—17.4 mill. (Census Bureau)
  • Percentage of population that is divorced: Almost 10% (up from 8% in 1990, 6% in 1980) (Census Bureau)
  • Adults who are divorced (2000): Males 8.3%, Females: 10.2


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