Family life changing, but not failing

Family Forum

December 11, 1990|By Mary Maushard

Despite gloom-and-doom predictions, don't write off the American family. The Number News, a Dow Jones & Co. newsletter, reports that most Americans still live in families -- they're just not as likely to be the traditional ones, married couples with children. Balancing a decline in the number of such couples is a rising number of single parents that led to a 6 percent increase in the total number of families with children living with them during the 1980s, the newsletter says.

After divorce

Thinking of getting divorced? Think again, says Frederick Buesser Jr. The 74-year-old Detroit-area lawyer, who has handled some of the most celebrated marital breakups in that part of the country for the last 30 years, says "I'd say about half the people who get divorced find themselves in a worse situation, or at least no better than before their divorce."

The rush to Florida

Thinking about where you might want to spend those golden years? Be advised that the retirement rush to Florida apparently has peaked. Florida population projections show the state's over-65 population growing 26 percent in the 1990s, compared with 71 percent in the 1970s and 44 percent in the 1980s.

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