With the economy, divorce rebounds too

Now that the economy is rebounding, more people are shedding their spouses, the Financial Times reports (registration required)


During the recession, couples who were out of work or unable to sell their house stayed married to save money. The percentage of the population 15 years and older who counted themselves divorced dropped to 9.7 in 2009, from 9.9 three years earlier, according to the Census Bureau. More than half of the 1,600 attorneys who are members of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers reported a downturn in their business in 2009, the most recent year for which survey data are available.

Divorce hasn’t become any less bitter, some of the divorce lawyers contacted said, but the issues are changing. Before the economic collapse, couples argued about who gets the house, now they’re arguing about who gets stuck with it.

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