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New statistics help explain the high divorce rate

While over two million couples say "I do" each year in the United States, new statistics show the trend is to say "Let's not. "

A new report from the National Center for Health Statistics finds half of all marriages end in divorce, but that's been the case for some time.  Here's what's new, the number of couples openly living together, unmarried, has nearly quadrupled. Ironically, the report indicates those who lived together first, before marriage, were more likely to divorce than those who waited to live together after the wedding.

If that doesn't sound like it's made for parents to tell their children, listen to this.  The study also found an emerging new trend.  If you wait longer to get married, after a college degree, which according to the report should bump up the odds for a longer lasting marriage.

Psychologist Scott Bea said, "The part of our brain that helps us make good judgment is not fully formed until we're twenty five, if people are waiting to get married until 25, 26, 28.  They're probably able to make better judgments about what they're willing to be committed to long lastingly."

The report also found ethnicity plays a role in long marriages.  Hispanic and Asian couples were the most likely to stay in a first marriage for 20 years, at least.

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