A long-held belief among millions of Americans regarding divorce is that the marital dissolution rate is high nationally and continuing to spike upward.

Is that assessment accurate? Is a recent statement from a major news provider that the divorce rate is “50 percent and climbing” correct?

According to a media analysis on the divorce rate that incorporates the views of many family law commentators, the answer is a decided “no.” In fact, notes a New York Times article, an upward surge in divorces that occurred several decades ago has long since abated, with marriages being much more stable overall since that high-water mark.

Why does the incorrect view that the divorce rate is surging — termed a “myth” in the above-cited analysis — persist among so many people? What continues to support a belief that, while once true, has reportedly ceased to be an American reality for decades?

The answers are complex, and understandably so, given the complex and tumultuous nature of American society. Many people continue to view divorce through the prism of the 1970s and 1980s, which did in fact mark a period where marital dissolution across the country was markedly on the rise.

Many factors have been working since that time to stem the divorce tide, though. Those centrally include the fact that higher numbers of couples are marrying at older ages than was the case in bygone decades. In many instances, that results in greater maturity, higher education levels and comparatively enhanced financial stability for marrying couples than in former years.

And many people are choosing not to marry at all, which obviously skews the divorce rate.

Notwithstanding the findings of divorce-related studies, the fact remains that divorce is a common and accepted practice across the United States, with couples untying the marital knot for widely varying reasons.

What is centrally important for many divorcing individuals is their ability to secure proven legal representation to safeguard their rights and fully promote their interests regarding children, property distribution and other important matters.

A proven family law attorney with broad experience in divorce representation can respond to those needs.