Although it is not a proven statistic, sources show that most divorce lawyers indicate an increase in business toward the end of the summer - meaning more people breakup at the end of the summer than any other time of year. The good news? It turns out that during an economic downturn the number of divorces diminish.
By an almost two-to-one margin, respondents to a recent survey of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (AAML) report that they typically see a decline in the number of divorces during national economic downturns rather than an increase.
"For many spouses, the divorce process involves a great deal of long-term planning and waiting for better economic times is often just another element of the overall process," said Gary Nickelson, president of the AAML. "Many individuals tend to employ a wait-and-see strategy during a troubled marriage and are very well prepared when it comes time to file for divorce. A sudden drop in net worth can effectively postpone this final decision from being made."
Overall, 37% of AAML members responded that they typically see a decrease in the number of divorce cases during national economic downturns, while only 19% cited an increase during these challenging times.
So, why not take advantage of the economic downturn and the fact that it's NOT the end of the summer - yet - and use the time you'll spend dining-in to talk to your spouse and work on your marriage? It's never easy to put issues aside and work on them, but if you truly want to save your marriage, take advantage of the time you may have gained because of the economic climate to see if you both can work to salvage your marriage.
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