Economy Brightens, Marriages Sour
Castle Rock divorce lawyers are noting an uptick in filings, as many couples who had been putting off separation due to money woes are now beginning to recover.
The fact is, financial stability affords us more choices.
It’s not that divorce is extremely expensive or that it has to be. However, there’s no getting around the fact that marriage, in many ways, is a financial boost. You generally have two incomes, and yet one mortgage payment, one tax filing, one grocery bill, etc.
This has been the longest stretch of collective, national financial troubles since the 1930s.
Some spouses had felt that holding off might grant them the opportunity to repair the relationship, but would allow them to save up some money in the meantime. Some were also going through bankruptcy or unemployment, which can also cause delays in a divorce filing.
However, these woes also tend to bring out people’s true colors.
Many are now finding they simply aren’t able to make it work. What’s more, you can learn a lot about a person by how he or she deals with financial crisis. Money troubles are at the top of the list for why couples bicker. It’s not that the recession gave couples more reason to argue, but for some spouses, it helped to shed light on character aspects that may have been less desirable.
Now that they’re both in a better financial position, it’s time to make the a move.
Some areas of the country are reporting divorce filing increases of 12 to 15 percent, after falling by about 5 percent back in 2008, the first full year of the recession.
This is actually the biggest fluctuation we’ve seen in this country, but similar patterns have been noted throughout previous spells of financial trouble. For example, The National Center for Health Statistics reports that divorces dropped by a couple percentage points during the 1990-1991 recession.
If you are contemplating divorce, it’s important to begin planning and at least explore all of your options. We’re dedicated to giving you the resources you need to make a sound decision.