Millennials, with their seemingly very different take on nearly everything in life, get blamed for a lot. It seems like, in Connecticut and across the country, they are responsible for creating a larger culture shift than many of the prior generations. A recent study indicates that they have chosen yet another way to veer from the paths set by their parents and grandparents. Millennials may have actually helped to cause a decline in the U.S. divorce rate.

According to a recent study, the U.S. divorce rate declined a staggering 18 percent from 2008 to 2016. While there are a variety of factors that have contributed to this drastic drop, the lifestyle choices exhibited by many Millennials have played a significant role. Many Millennials have chosen not to marry at all, which directly impacts the divorce rate. If there is no marriage, there is no divorce. Unlike earlier generations, many Millennials don’t view marriage as a required step prior to having children, so many are entering parenthood without feeling pressured to be married.

Many of the Millennials who have chosen to marry have done so later in life. Pursuing education, travel and financial stability have caused many to delay marriage until their late 20s or 30s. This allows time for maturity and the opportunity to date more people, thereby increasing the chances of a better match when it comes time for nuptials.

While the overall U.S. divorce rate is declining, it is actually increasing in some age groups. According to the study, divorce in the “over 50” age group doubled from 2009 to 2015 and tripled for those over 65. When other factors, such as the overall rise in the age of the U.S. population, are taken into consideration, the U.S. divorce rate still decreased 8 percent overall.

Regardless of one’s age group, divorce is sometimes necessary. There are many factors that lead to divorce, and for those enduring the process, it can be a challenging part of life. Anyone going through a divorce in Connecticut or any other state can benefit from the support and guidance of an experienced divorce attorney. A knowledgeable attorney can be an invaluable source of information, understanding and assistance through one of life’s hardest challenges.