While studies have been done and some are undoubtedly ongoing to better analyze the current state of marriage and divorce in the United States, statistical data from the federal government suggest that the divorce rate has been falling for more than three decades. Certain research projects have disputed the decrease of the divorce rate, but when looked at in terms of divorces per capita, there is little doubt the overall trend is headed downward.
It is possible that a lower nationwide divorce rate indicates an increasing level of marital happiness. However, it could also mean that less couples are getting married, and therefore divorce is never an option, or that other factors are keeping a marriage intact despite unhappiness in the relationship. More than likely, all of these factors are contributing in some way to the lower rate of divorce.
Staying in an Unhappy Marriage