Divorce is a much larger problem than one might think

The rate of divorce has only gone down 2.2 percent since 1980, as opposed to the previously reported 20 percent, according to Family Studies, which recently commented on a new research paper regarding divorce.

The paper, written by Sheila Kennedy and Steven Ruggles, shows that "when you control for the change in the age of the population between 1980 and today — the population of married men and women is considerably older now — the divorce rate has actually risen 40 percent," writes Family Studies reporter Kay Hymowitz. "By these measures, after a brief pause in the recessionary year of 2009, the divorce rate peaked in 2011."

Read the full report from Family Studies here.