Over in the GD on gay adoptions, the issue of the stability of marriages has come up. Rather than hijack that thread, I thought I’d start a new one.
To which I replied:
I’m way out of my own area on this issue, so would appreciate any comments you guys can provide: how stable is the marriage relationship these days in Canada/the U.S.?
Here’s one example of the stats that I was referring to in my post in the other thread. The issue of the stability of marriage came up tangentially in a recent decision of the Supreme Court of Canada, dealing with property distribution laws for common law couples: Nova Scotia (Attorney General) v. Walsh, 2002 SCC 83. (This is the same case that was discussed in this thread.) One of the majority judges, Mr. Justice Gonthier, made this statement:
My first reaction to the 90% figure was that seemed high, since the divorce rate in Canada tends to be around 40%. Then I realised that the divorce rate only speaks to the ultimate outcome of the marriage, it doesn’t say how long people stick together before divorce. Just citing the overall divorce rate, and not including the average duration prior to divorce, may give a misleading impression of the stability of marriages nowadays.
Can anyone who knows more about this issue (given my low level of knowledge, that’s not a very demanding standard ) cast any light on this question? is the position in the U.S. comparable to these Canadian stats?