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Why Do We Track Divorce Rates?
Statistics on marriage and divorce are of great interest to federal, state, and local public officials, researchers, and members of the general public. Stories based on these statistics—for example, reporting on whether divorce rates are rising or falling—often appear in the media and are considered key indicators of family strength and child wellbeing. However, people are frequently confused and misled by these data and think they are more reliable than they are. The full brief aims to clarify the confusion and explain the complexities involved in counting divorce.
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