New census figures show the “seven-year” itch persists — couples who break up typically separate upon seven years of marriage, and divorce a year later.
The 2009 data released Wednesday also show U.S. divorces are leveling off after decades of increases. The census report found that among all race groups, women who were ever married and then divorced reached as high as 41 percent among 50- to 59-year-olds. That’s down from 44 percent in 2004.
The exception was black women ages 50 to 59. Their divorce rate edged up to 48 percent.
It is assumed the reasons for the numbers are complex, Andrew Cherlin, a educator of sociology at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, tries to spell out the issue: “Blacks are inclined to get divorced for the reason that, first off they are poorer, and poverty strains marriages, and second due to African-American culture places more weight on alliances to grandmothers, aunts, along with kinfolk than does European-American society, in comparison to the ties involving spouses.”