While there are ebbs and flows to the national divorce rate, the average divorce rate has hovered around 50 percent for quite some time (in other words, 50 percent of marriages eventually end in divorce). But now that the “Great Recession” has come and gone, a national study has found that divorce rates are on the rise just as the economy does the same.
According to a sociologist, roughly 150,000 fewer divorces occurred from 2009 to 2011 (the aftermath of the recession) that probably would have occurred had the economic factors been more favorable. The evidence isn’t exactly substantial, but what the sociologist found is that the divorce rate dropped in 2008 and 2009, while picking up in 2010 and 2011.
As a result, theories are abound that the economy plays a some role in a couple’s decision to file for divorce. It’s not too farfetched a claim, according to another sociologist. He said this phenomenon “is exactly what happened in the 1930s,” implying that people couldn’t afford to get a divorce during the Great Depression. It’s an interesting theory, as you would think the emotional factors of an unhappy marriage would cause someone to file for divorce, regardless of the economy.
However, it is only a theory, and it is important to remember that a divorce is a major decision that should not be taken lightly — regardless of factors outside of your relationship. Consult an attorney and discuss your case as thoroughly as possible, so that you can figure out how to get through your divorce and move on to a better chapter in your life.
Source: Los Angeles Times, “Divorces rise as economy recovers, study finds,” Emily Alpert Reyes, Jan. 27, 2014