National Center for Family & Marriage Research (NCFMR)
The National Center for Family & Marriage Research (NCFMR) was established in 2007 to help improve our understanding of how family structure is linked to the health and well-being of children, adults, families, and communities and to inform policy development and programmatic responses.
This project is codirected by Wendy D. Manning and Susan L. Brown with assistance from Bowling Green State University. Support was also provided by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation from 2007 to 2013.
News and Stories
Geographic variation in the marriage and divorce rates, 2019
In our newest family profile, we examine the ratio of marriages to divorces in the U.S. and explore geographic variation. This ratio has remained steadily around 2 since 2014. In some states, this ratio was over twice as high in 2019; in others, it was half as large.
Pandemic lockdown likely to make strong relationships stronger and push weaker relationships toward a split
Distinguished Professor Wendy D. Manning discusses trends driving lower divorce rates via The Daily Mail.
'The people who are entering marriage are people who traditionally have lower divorce rates,' she said, citing rising levels of education, wealth and higher ages among those getting married.