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Research shows improving economy linked to increase in divorce rate

A recent research study suggests that the increase in the divorce rate is linked to improved economic condition, according to an article published by the Huffington Post on January 28.

The study, which was led by University of Maryland sociologist Philip Cohen, found that divorce rates were relatively low during the recession period as filing for divorce can be expensive. In Cohen’s estimation 150,000 divorces could have happened from 2008 to 2011. The sociologist also said that divorce rates plummeted from 2008 to 2009, but as the economy got better in 2010, divorce rates began to increase.

Another sociologist, Andrew Cherlin backed up Cohen’s study by relating the trend to a similar one in the 1930’s during the Great Depression. During this time fewer couples divorced as they were unable to afford the high cost of filing for divorce.

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