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N.J. politician says that 67 percent of marriages end in divorce

According to some, cohabitation is on the rise and divorce rates are lower for those that are highly educated. So where does that leave most of the country? Well, according to statements made by New Jersey Senate President, Stephen Sweeney, the majority of married couples should be worried that their marriage will not last. According to the Senate President, 67 percent of marriages end in divorce.

This supposed statistic was disclosed during a discussion regarding the recent passing of a bill allowing same-sex marriage. The governor soon vetoed the bill.

According to reports, this divorce data is not accurate. At the University of Virginia, an assistant director of the National Marriage Project said that divorce statistics vary widely depending on education, race, sex and age but the 67 percent that Sweeney discussed seems a bit off. According to the assistant director, statistics that high would be noticed and felt by the majority of the population.

Because of this, we would not see so many married people.

According to the National Center for Health Statistics, the United States had a divorce rate of 3.4 per 1,000 people in 2009. The National Center for Health Statistics is part of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Used more often than this approach is the estimation of the likelihood that marriages will end in divorce. According to several experts and studies discussing this approach, the likelihood that a marriage will end in divorce is somewhere between 40 and 50 percent.

A family sociology professor at Pennsylvania State University wrote that estimates of divorce are around 45 percent. Adding in those couples that separate but never get divorced brings that percentage to about 50, according to him.

Another expert -- this one an associate service fellow with the National Survey of Family Growth -- reinforced one of the aforementioned statements: Divorce rates depend highly on the population that is being examined.

Source: The Star-Ledger, "Steve Sweeney claims two-thirds of marriages end in divorce," Feb. 21, 2012

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