Divorce rates may follow economic trends
Many Salt Lake City, Utah, residents may agree that divorce is a very private event. The factors leading up to and resulting from divorce are often complex and sensitive, and many couples weigh their options and consider their situation for some time before ending their relationship. Interestingly, however, new evidence suggests that couples all around the country may also make important marriage decisions based, at least in part, on economic conditions.
Given that the entire country has faced serious financial difficulties in recent years, it may be little surprise to some to learn that many family law practices have seen a decline in cases. In fact, some couples seeking divorce are only able to do so by saving money in other ways like continuing to live together after the divorce is finalized. Cases involving divorce mediation and litigation are typically more expensive, while even uncontested divorce cases can cost around $1000.
When it became apparent that divorce rates were on the decline, some suggested that marriages were actually being strengthened by such difficult times. With the notable increase in divorces, however, others suspect that many couples were holding out until they could afford to legally separate.
While the sociologist that conducted the study notes that more research is needed before any conclusive correlations can be made, he notes that figures did vary from state to state and some of his findings contradict previous studies.
Ultimately, it seems that economic factors may contribute to when divorces occur vs. whether they occur at all. Some experts claim that individuals that view their financial difficulties as temporary may be more willing to delay divorce than others that see their situation as permanent.