Divorce Rate Ticks Up As Economy Improves

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Though marriage vows specify that a couple’s commitment is intended to last through good times and bad, richer and poorer, new numbers indicate that as the economy continues to improve many couples may decide to throw in the towel and leave their unhappy relationships.


Increasing Chart Charlotte Divorce Lawyer North Carolina Family Law AttorneyAccording to recent numbers published by the Population Research and Policy Review, the number of divorces decreased dramatically during the worst of the recession. However, the numbers have begun to rise again. Between 2009 and 2011, data shows that around 150,000 fewer divorces took place than otherwise would have been expected.


Some groups noted this drop in divorce rate was a kind of silver lining to the recent recession. They attributed the decline to the fact that families undergoing financial stress had drawn closer together, with husbands and wives increasingly relying on one another given the tough times.


While this may have been true for some, many others simply put off their divorce until they were able to afford it. Now that the economy has begun to recover, families that were afraid of the financial stress might now feel more comfortable with the thought of splitting up. Researchers say the same thing happened during the 1930s, when the divorce rate dropped dramatically and later recovered as the economy improved. Surveys showed that people were no happier in their marriages; they just feared the uncertainty that divorce might bring.

Research has shown that economic downturns appear to impact the timing of a divorce, though not whether the divorce itself will actually take place. Though couples under financial stress might be willing to put off the hassle of divorce for a few years, it does not appear that they ever become any happier. Instead, as the couples recover financially they often quickly move towards divorce.


Eventually though, the unhappiness can become too much even for those stretched thin financially. At that point, even if money is tight many decide that their happiness and sanity is worth the money needed to move on with their lives.


If you find yourself facing a complicated family matter then you need the help of experienced family law attorneys in Charlotte, North Carolina who can help guide you through the often confusing process of divorce.


About the Author:

ARNOLD&SMITH_243 3.jpgMatthew Arnold is a Managing Member with Arnold & Smith, PLLC where he focuses his practice on most aspects of Family law including: divorce, child custody, child support, alimony, and equitable distribution. Mr. Arnold is an experienced trial attorney who has tried jury and bench trials in both North Carolina District Court and North Carolina Superior Court.

Mr. Arnold grew up in Charlotte, graduating from Providence Senior High School and continued his education at Belmont Abbey College on a basketball scholarship. After graduating cum laude he attended law school at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill on a full academic scholarship. In his spare time, Mr. Arnold enjoys golfing and spending time on the North Carolina Coast with his wife and three young children: two daughters and one son.



“Divorces rise as economy recovers, study finds,” by Emily Reyes, published at LATimes.com.



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