The Community Survey in 2017 shows that the overall divorce rate in Colorado is 11.89%, almost 1% higher than the national rate of divorce in the US.
Recently, a website published a top ten list of cities in Colorado with the highest divorce rates. It ranked Aspen as number one with a 22.9% divorce rate for a population of 7, 097. Avon is last on the list with a 15.4% divorce rate for a population of 6, 503. This means there are fewer clients in Colorado Springs for the divorce attorneys in comparison to the other cities on the list. The numbers may seem pretty high, but in reality, they are lower than the numbers from the previous years.
The only reason why the rate is slowly decreasing is this: Millennials are refusing to marry early or marry at all. Millennials approach marriage differently. You will notice the trend from the generation which came before: they married young, divorced, remarried, and, if lucky, stay married. The current state of the economy is a hindrance to marital bliss. Millennials are focused on keeping their careers, education, and finances stable before they tie the knot. The dating culture now is different as well, which makes it difficult for them to meet a partner who views marriage in a good light.
You can say that millennials are making smarter decisions. Here’s how they are doing it:
1. Millennials don’t view marriage as a necessity.
Many millennials are skeptical about marriage. They think that the same can be achieved through a partnership or by growing old alone. This way of thinking is brought by witnessing divorce in the family. The overall anxiety that the generation is experiencing leads them to choose lifelong partnerships over the legally-binding marriage.
Millennials consider marriage as an option. They believe it is not a requirement to marry early or marry at all. For those who choose to do so, they do it later in life, when they have already experienced numerous romantic relationships and learned from each one.
2. Millennials are prioritizing their personal needs.
The idea that Millennials are self-centered individuals is a trope that their generation encounters regularly. However, having self-love is different from being self-centered. They focus on building their careers and keeping the money in the bank. They seek higher education so that they can advance in their career further.
The truth is, millennials want to be ready before they get married—for themselves and their future partner. They want to make sure that they are in a perfect emotional and financial state to love and care for someone if ever marriage is on their to-do list. Isn’t that a better way to love someone?
3. Millennials are gaining maturity through their life experiences.
Because millennials are choosing to marry late, their time and effort are given to building themselves instead of building a home. Life experiences can only be achieved by living. And live, they do. This gives them the chance to develop values and philosophies, which will eventually be helpful in raising a family— if they wish.
Their emotional development, self-awareness, career success, and financial stability are strengths achieved by knowing what they want and how to get it. All these give them the kind of maturity that can make a marriage work until the end.
They say the young ones can learn a thing or two from the older generation. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to admit that the older generation can learn from the young ones, too.