When the economic recession began, the divorce rate actually decreased. Researchers who observed the trend are noticing that as the economy rebounds, divorce rates are bouncing right back with it.
The LA Times reports that a group of researchers recently identified a marked increase in the divorce rate in 2010 and 2011 when the economy began to recover. That was after the rate sharply decreased in 2009. The group was quick to warn that they were not making any other judgments based on those numbers, though others haven’t been so cautious.
Some, like the National Marriage Project, claim that those numbers indicate that marriages are strengthened by adversity. Others point out that divorces cost money, so couples may have just been waiting to separate because they couldn’t afford it.
This Isn’t The First Time The Economy Has Affected The Divorce Rate
During the Great Depression, the divorce rate plummeted, and at that time, the change was widely attributed to the fact that people were too poor to afford a divorce. It wasn’t necessarily that they couldn’t pay for a divorce; rather, that women weren’t making enough money to be financially independent from their spouse.
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Strangely, The Study Could Not Link Other Financial Hardships To Changes In The Divorce Rate
The results of the study would seem to suggest that economic hardships prevent couples from divorcing, but attempts to apply that theory to other types of hardships fail. For instance, unemployment rates have no apparent affect on the divorce rate. Only college-educated couples tend to divorce less when a job is lost. Other studies that focused on different time periods found a strong correlation between the two, making the results that much more puzzling.
Also, strange is the fact that multiple studies suggest that financial troubles actually harm relationships, which would seem to predict that fewer couples would divorce during periods of prosperity, unless the couples divorcing now chose to separate during the economic downturn but have waited until now to start the process.
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