More Americans choosing to end their unhappy marriages
When a couple is no longer satisfied in their marriage, they should not feel the need to continue their unhappy coupling. According to a recent study, many Americans may have remained in unsuccessful marriages in recent years as a result of the recession.
Luckily, as the economy has improved, more Americans have felt the ability to end marriages that are no longer productive.
According to a study conducted by researchers at the University of Maryland, the divorce rate in the United States fell after the recession began in 2007. The study – published in Population Research and Policy Review – revealed that approximately 150,000 couples decided not to divorce during the recession due to economic concerns.
Since the economy has rebounded, however, couples who were previously waiting to end their marriages are now taking the step. The U.S. Census Bureau reported that 2.4 million Americans got divorced in 2012 – making 2012 the third consecutive year that the divorce rate rose.
Report finds divorce rate has been steadily increasing in US
Not only has the divorce rate been rising in recent years due to the improving economy, but a recent report has also revealed that the divorce rate has been steadily rising for the past few decades.
Previously, most experts believed the divorce rate in the United States was at an all-time high in the 1970s and began falling thereafter. According to a study conducted by researchers at the University of Minnesota in the Minnesota Population Center, the divorce rate has been on the rise in the U.S. for the past three decades.
The researchers were able to rebut the common presumption that the divorce rate was declining due to information gathered by the U.S. Census Bureau. Since 2008, the American Community Survey – performed by the Census Bureau – has gathered specific information regarding divorces across the country.
In large part, the researchers attribute the steady rise in the divorce rate to the frequency with which Baby Boomers have been getting divorced. According to data compiled by researchers at Bowling Green State University, the number of people who got divorced over the age of 50 doubled from 1990 to 2009. As of 2009, one out of every four people who got divorced in the United States was 50 years of age or above.
If you have been considering getting a divorce, but felt unable to during the uncertain economic times, you ought to reconsider your options. A skilled family law attorney will be able to advise you regarding the best course of action.