By Suzanne Wentley
In the 1970s, the divorce rate in America began to climb, leading many observers to wonder whether the institution of marriage was doomed. Despite the celebrity splits that seem to dominate the news, the US divorce rate has been declining for the last 30 years, and marriages today are stronger than they have been in a long time. But that didn’t happen by accident. It’s true that fewer people are getting married, and, when they do, they are marrying later, which may contribute to more stable unions. Still, those who make this partnership last understand that they have to work through problems and disagreements, and nonprofit agency Better Marriages has helped support that trend by providing married couples with training and workshops designed to increase communication, intimacy, and joy for the rest of their lives together.