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Utah has one of highest marriage rates in country

According to a new study, Utah had one of the highest marriage rates in the entire country last year. This may not come as a surprise to the many Salt Lake City residents who have recently been married.

The new statistics, published by the National Center for Family and Marriage Research at Bowling Green State University, showed that marriage rates increased across the country last year. In fact, the year 2015 saw the highest number of marriages since 2009. Some believe the increased number of marriages means the marriage rates are stabilizing following many years of declining numbers.

At the same time, the divorce rate in the country dropped for the third straight year. The divorce rate is now at its lowest point in the past 40 years.

While researchers debated the reasons behind the new numbers, there were differences in the divorce and marriage rates for different groups of people. For example, people who were wealthy and well-educated had higher marriage rates as compared to others who were not as wealthy.

Although different groups overall may have different divorce rates, there are often the same or similar issues involved across different divorces. For example, one key issue that cuts across all economic and educational lines is the matter of child custody. No matter their background, parents frequently become involved in custody disputes which wind up before the court.

In making a decision as to how to award custody, the court will typically look at the best interests of the child. This can involve a consideration of many different factors, which are ultimately aimed at placing the child's needs and wants at the front of the line when deciding which parent should be awarded custody.

Source: Time, "Divorce rate in U.S. drops to nearly 40-year low," Abigail Adams, Nov. 17, 2016

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