Feb. 12, 2013 The Springfield Paper
February 7, 2013 (Springfield, OH) – Statistics form the Supreme Court of Ohio report the number of failed marriages in Clark County has declined from 6.7 to 4.12 out of 1,000 residents in the past 12 years.
This news comes at the start of National Marriage Week. The national awareness event, which runs from February 7-14, attempts to build a stronger marriage culture in the United States. Clark County's divorce rate is now closer to the national average of 3.8 divorces per 1,000 residents, according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention.
"Community awareness has a lot to do with the declining divorce rate, and younger couples are taking marriage more seriously," said Ronda Nissley, Project Director of the Marriage Resource Center of the Miami Valley (MRCMV). Mrs. Nissley and her husband Lavern operate the MRCMV, an organization commited to building stronger relationships through classroom learning and mentoring programs.
The MRCMV was formed in 2004 to address Clark County's high marriage failure rate. Trained and certified course instructors assist teens, dating couples, premarital couples, spouses and parents in handling their relational responsibilities.
"We see the true value of marriage as an institution in our civilization," said Lavern Nissley, Executive Director of the MRC. "It's one of the ways values get passed down from generation to generation."
The MRCMV recently celebrated National Marriage Week by hosting a Sweetheart Dinner and Dance for couples. The event was sold out for its fifth year in a row.