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Massachusetts residents may be surprised at divorce trends

Though many Massachusetts residents like to approach situations based on their own experiences, others may like to consult statistics and other research before making a decision. In some cases, marriage and divorce statistics can sometimes play a role in whether an individual wants to go through with a wedding. As the accepted knowledge on divorce rates might not be entirely true, more parties might want to begin their research.

Much of the common studies regarding divorce claim that the separation rate has been on the decline for the past few decades. However, recent studies have found that the divorce rate may, in fact, have been increasing. Because data is not always perfectly reliable, research methods could play a role in the differing views on divorce rates.

Because there has apparently been an increase in divorce, some individuals may question how stable marriages can truly be. However, it could also lead to the need for a different way to measure marriage stability. Individuals who put much reliance in statistics for their decision making may wish to ensure that if they use this approach when it comes to marriage that they do their research thoroughly.

Though the trends are beginning to be looked at in a different light, it has been common knowledge for some time that divorce is not a rare occurrence. Many couples find themselves in this situation for various reasons, and they begin looking into what may need to be done in order to end their marriage. If parties find themselves in such a situation, information on Massachusetts state laws concerning marriage and divorce could help them take their first step.

Source: The Huffington Post, Is the US Divorce Rate Going Up Rather Than Going Down?, Robert Hughes, Jr., March 6, 2014

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