The normal trend in divorce is to see numbers increase from year to year. However, by the end of 2020, the divorce rate not only went down in Utah but for the whole country.
This may be surprising to you after the disaster of a year, but according to Cache Valley Daily, the reason behind it is mostly due to a reduction in the numbered of marriages.
There is an assumption that half of all marriages end in divorce, but that is completely untrue. It is not even close to accurate these days. That assumption has its roots in the early years of divorce when people started to accept it socially.
So, divorce rates have never been as high as you may assume if you believe the 50% myth.
Today, couples are waiting longer to marry, which also helps reduce divorce rates. They are more mature and marriage is usually something they think through completely before jumping into it. The reduction in impulsive marriages naturally leads to fewer divorces.
In addition, many couples will live together before marriage. This allows them to see if they are compatible. They can work through issues, and if things do not work out, they just break up.
After all, if a couple does not go through the legal marriage process, there is no way to trace how long they stay together or when they break up. So, there could be many couples who called it quits in 2020, but since they were not in a marriage, we cannot calculate them in the figures.
Since there are not as many people marrying and marriages actually last more often than not, it is reasonable that the divorce rate would go down. The reality is not one of fewer people are divorcing but that fewer people are putting themselves in a situation that could end in divorce.