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Boomers Are Making Sure the Divorces Keep Coming

The much-reported decline in failed marriages may be misleading. Blame your parents.
Photographer: Martin Gerten/picture-alliance/dpa via AP Photo

Millennials, enjoy your nuptials as the summer wedding season hits its stride. Back home, your folks may be hiring divorce lawyers.

The statistic that half of all marriages fail, long whispered by wedding guests and worried over by reluctant brides and grooms, has garnered some new support. If current behavior continues, 52.7 percent of marriages will end in tears, University of Maryland sociology professor Philip Cohen concludes, based on recent survey data.