We have all heard about the "seven year itch", the thought that
partners in a relationship start to see their passion fade and their attention
stray after reaching the seven-year-mark. Back in 1955, this term was
the title of a Marilyn Monroe movie, and promoters said that seven years
was the time that the typical
divorce occurred. Today, people often feel that it takes even less time than that
for a marriage to fail. According to data from the U.K., however, marriages
that end in divorce now last about 11.6 years. In fact, the length of
dissolved marriages had been increasing since 1985, when it took an average
of 8.9 years for a marriage to be dissolved.
What do these increased numbers mean? For many, this simply validates the
stance that the recession was delaying a couple's plans to divorce,
lest they incur further financial instability. There is also the fact
that the demographics of divorce have changed. For instance, the number
of couples divorcing in their 50s and older has increased substantially
in recent years, which often means that a marriage lasts a considerable
number of years before a breakup. Then there is the new normal of cohabitation,
where couples wait years before marriage. This means that relationships
that could have led to an early divorce might now end before marriage.
The data is not really conclusive on whether or not there really is an
eleven-year- or seven-year itch. Perhaps these statistics reflect more
on a changing society than the increased longevity of a marriage before
it ends in divorce. And as societally accepted behavior changes, so too
do the laws concerning these new norms. If you are ready to get a divorce,
then you will need to work with a legal professional who is fully acquainted
with the latest changes in
legislation. You also deserve a lawyer who is committed to protecting your rights
in the process.
Contact the Meyers Law Group, P.C. to learn how an experienced Long Island divorce attorney may be able to
help you succeed in the next chapter of life.