Study: Divorce rates higher

Recession blamed for more couples divorcing

Published On: Jan 29 2014 10:38:40 AM EST

New research shows that divorce rates are back on the rise after having dropped.

The Daily Mail reports a study soon to be published in the Population Research and Policy Review shows the economy could be the reason behind the rise in. 

The study reveals, as the economy was slipping into a recession, couples seeking a divorce during that time instead pushed it off.

Sociologist Philip N. Cohen from the University of Maryland was the author of the study. 

He believes finances stood in the way of couples divorcing and instead waiting until it was financially feasible.  

The recession caused many people financial burden.  As the economy started to see a downward fall, Cohen says instead of divorcing, couples waited to get fully back on their feet.  Waiting to divorce allowed couples to save up and afford the cost better.

Before the recession hit divorce rates for women was 2.09 percent.  Once the recession hit, the divorce rates for 2008 was 1.95 percent.  The divorce rate stayed leveled at the same rate for the following year.

Divorce rates saw a hike in 2010 as the rate increased to 1.98 percent.  For 2011 the divorce rate didn't see a decline nor an increase. 

The executive director of Los Angeles' Levitt & Quinn Family Law Center, Tai Glenn, says there's more to the underlying reason divorce rates have rose.  

She believes high-income families are the ones that have pushed the growing rates and not low-income families.  She told the Los Angeles Times high-income families were able to overcome the effects of the recession better unlike low-income families.