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For example, Washington could require the states to collect and provide accurate data on marriages and divorces, noting in each case the ages of the children involved.

Congress could create demonstration grants, by diverting existing funding, to enable local community groups to provide marriage education and divorce prevention programs.

Mounting evidence in the annals of scientific journals details the plight of the children of divorce and clearly indicates not only that divorce has lasting effects, but that these effects spill over into every aspect of life.

For example: Such evidence should give all Americans reason to speak out on this problem.

By 1998, the number had risen to 51 divorces per 100 marriages.