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Rising divorce rate indicates better economy

A new study says an economic uptick is the green light some couples have been waiting for to call it quits.

By MSN Money Partner Feb 26, 2014 5:16PM

This post comes from Krystal Steinmetz at partner site Money Talks News.


Money Talks News on MSN MoneyA divorce can be spendy and, suggests a new study, that high cost forced some unhappy married couples to stay together during the Great Recession.


Times are getting better, so those couples are finally calling it quits.


Wedding cake © Mike Kemp/JupiterimagesResearch by University of Maryland sociologist Philip N. Cohen indicates that 150,000 fewer divorces happened between 2009 and 2011 in the U.S. than would have been expected, says The Huffington Post. It added:

According to Cohen, the rate dropped from 20.9 divorces per 1,000 married women in 2008 to 19.5 divorces in 2009, but began to rebound in 2010 when the rate hit 19.8. Cohen suggests that as the economy improved, so did the divorce rates.

Bloomberg says, "The number of Americans getting divorced rose for the third year in a row to about 2.4 million in 2012, after plunging in the 18-month recession ended June 2009, according to U.S. Census Bureau data."


Andrew Cherlin, a Johns Hopkins University sociologist, told the Los Angeles Times that this trend has been seen before. "This is exactly what happened in the 1930s," said Cherlin. "The divorce rate dropped during the Great Depression not because people were happier with their marriages, but because they couldn't afford to get divorced."


Along with the social and emotional impacts of divorce, Bloomberg says the economic effects are broad:

It is contributing to the formation of new households, boosting demand for housing, appliances and furnishings and spurring the economy. Divorces are also prompting more women to enter the labor force.

What's your take on this? Do you think economic hard times strengthened marriages and kept people together who might have otherwise split, as some have maintained, or did couples simply put their breakup on hold?


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7Comments
Feb 26, 2014 7:57PM
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Damn that was a dumb article!!!!!!!!!!!

By the way, media morons, the economy isn't better. Doesn't matter what kind of spin you put on it.

Feb 27, 2014 3:27PM
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Really?  Because statistically, the biggest reason people get divorced is due to struggling with finances - which would more accurately coincide with the pain Americans are feeling from suicidal Liberal economics
Feb 28, 2014 1:35PM
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Well I had this thought last night. See we accept divorce so easily, it's hard to find a good partner. I mean really, my last relationship ended because her sister told her too. I'm a great guy, I know it. Social influence has been a study and proven conformity, even if you know it's wrong, happens frequently. Her sister was a divorcee. I can see dropping someone if you're fighting constantly, he/she is abusive, or a cheater. Those are legitimate reasons. But, I find the social influence of easily discarded relationships disturbing when a person ends a relationship based on not being able to find another job closer to her friends during what was one of the most hard recessions after the great depression. We are in this huge social trap. The Asch Conformity experiment highlights this behavior. It is the action by which you base your decisions on. A socially accepted behavior also become a conforming behavior. Why risk alienating friends and family if they don't like the guy/girl right? Wrapping up, I see divorce as a necessary means if  the reasons I said earlier apply. Same with relationships. But disposable relationships and marriages at the most primal level, creates isolation and an unwillingness to seek out others. Instead, we find fast relationships and a selfish state of mind. Do we want that America? Social creatures for millions of years reduced to mindless selfish islands? Think about that and also research that experiment I told you about.  
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