As our society changes, so do our values and standards, as well as what we consider to be norms in terms of behavior. This affects from our decisions in education and profession, to relationships and, of course, to almost every other aspect of our way of life. And while marriage and divorce, the capital letters that are intended here, seem solid and unalterable, that couldn’t be further from the truth. Both are dynamic and evolve over time, as can be seen by analyzing even a few years of value trends and news about divorce.
One case in question is the overall rate of marriages and divorces in the country. Both rates have gone down. In 2016, the last year with statistics fully available at the time of writing, the marriage rate was 6.9 marriages per 1,000 inhabitants in total, down from 8.2 in 2000. Meanwhile, for divorces, the latest figures show 3.2 per 1,000, down 4.0 in the same time period. Fewer people get married and fewer get divorced.
However, not all types of divorce decrease in prevalence. A specific type is the one that is fired. This is gray divorce, a term used to refer to couples over the age of 50 in long-term divorcing marriages. The rate there has doubled since 1990.
Another emerging trend of divorce is that of animal rights in family law cases, and that they try to protect their welfare as opposed to considering them as marketable goods. Currently, three states in the country have laws that stipulate precisely that, including Alaska, Illinois, and California, and more in the future appear to be a lost conclusion.
Meanwhile, everything related to income disparity and opportunities, such as discussions about the 1% versus 99%, and heated debates and tax rate laws for the rich, remain the focus. Think about it: the richest man in the world, Jeff Bezos, is also divorcing. The result will probably be the most expensive divorce settlement in history, given its status. His personal wealth was estimated at about $ 140 billion in early 2019 and half of that, by giving or taking some Amazon mansions or stock options, could be within reach.
Speaking of financial matters, another divorce trend right now is the growing prevalence and confusion about Bitcoin and cryptocurrency in divorce. Cryptocurrency is generally designed to be difficult or impossible to trace cleanly, while wild changes in its value provide difficulties in estimating fair value. These two problems seem to cause headaches to those trying to classify digital financial assets in divorce cases in the coming years.
Clearly, there are many things that are changing in the world of marriage and divorce. Keeping up to date on the latest trends and developments in divorce is important in itself and can also be a useful way to measure what is happening in other parts of society.