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Is the economic recovery increasing the divorce rate?

Here is an interesting article from the Orlando Sentinel. Apparently with the improving economy, people are feeling freer to get divorced.  That seems counter-intuitive to me. One would think that a bad economy would encourage divorce, but many of my colleagues have also noticed the trend that many couples have been holding it together because they didn’t think they could afford the divorce in the troubled economic waters.

The article quotes sociologist Brad Wilcox of the National Marriage Project at the University of Virginia,

“There’s a sort of pent-up demand for divorce after people get through tough times,” he said. “We saw that in what happened after the Great Depression, when the Depression lifted and divorce increased toward the end of the 1930s.”

I would be very interested in knowing what you think. Are people you know holding their marriages together for the recession? Will economic improvement encourage people to divorce? Comment below and tell me. I genuinely want to know.