As the economy improves, divorce rate continues to tick upward


Even the most cynical person cannot dispute that the economy is finally starting to show signs of not just recovering but actually improving. Consider that the job market is starting to see more opportunities, the prices of homes are going up and, of course, the stock market has been on a very impressive run over the last several weeks.

While this is all very good news, legal experts are theorizing that our nation's improving economy seems to be causing more and more couples to revisit their happiness with their marriages. In other words, the improving economy appears to be leading more people to divorce.

"There's been an uptick in divorces in general going on over the last several months," said Alton L. Abramowitz, the president of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers.

Don't believe it?

While data from the U.S. Census reveals that the number of people who listed themselves as either separated or divorced remained relatively static from 2008 to 2012, recent internet traffic reports suggest this number might soon be changing.

Specifically, some of the most heavily trafficked legal web sites are reporting significant increases in searches related to divorce or divorce-related issues (child custody, child support, spousal support, property division, etc.).

Why then are so many people seeking to divorce when the economy is finally starting to improve?

According to legal experts, the answer is simple: The improving economy has left people with more disposable income, which in turn makes them more confident about the financial prospect of having to run a second household and the costs of the divorce itself.

Furthermore, a better economy means more people have the opportunity to focus on their careers and moving up the corporate ladder.

"Increased mobility -- both personal and career -- acts as a pressure valve for backlogged marital discontent," said the founder of one popular legal website.

Anyone considering a dissolution of marriage -- regardless of their financial circumstances -- should strongly consider consulting with a dedicated legal professional who can protect their rights, inform them of their options and protect their best interests.

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