Census statistic reported yesterday showed a rise in long-lasting marriages. Three in four couples who married after 1990 celebrated a 10-year anniversary, according to the data. That’s an increase of three percentage points compared with couples who married in the early ’80s, when the country’s divorce rate was at its highest.
This Washing Post article by Carol Morello breaks down the findings. She writes:
One reason for the increase, said demographers and sociologists who study families, is that people are marrying later in life, after they have completed their education. Not only are they more mature, but they also are more financially secure.
Morello interviewed W. Bradford Wilcox, director of the National Marriage Project at the University of Virginia. He said:
“People who are college-educated, more affluent or more religious are more likely to get married and stay married. People who are not are less likely to get married in the first place, and if they do marry, they’re more likely to divorce.”
“Praying together as a couple is something that is very intimate for people who are religious. It adds another level of closeness to a relationship.”
This interview was based on a new study Wilcox had co-authored called “The Couple That Prays Together.”
Of course, this isn’t news for members of CatholicMatch, who intuitively grasp the marital benefits of a shared faith. But it’s nice to know the research backs you up.