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Divorce rate rising across Massachusetts

Massachusetts has one of the lowest divorce rates in the country. However data from the Centers for Disease Control suggest that the divorce rate is rising in the Bay State.

Between 2008 and 2012, the rate of divorce in Massachusetts rose by nearly a percentage point. While that may seem like a small number, it represents a 35 percent increase in the divorce rate in the state.

While the overall divorce rate for the state remains low, some cities in Massachusetts have much higher divorce rates. For example in Southbridge the divorce rate was over twelve percent and in Townsend had a divorce rate over 27 percent.

Legal experts say that the uptick in the divorce rate in the state is likely due to economic factors. One of the main of the main causes of the end of a marriage is differences between the spouses about how to manage their finances. During the recession, these economic pressures were particularly profound.

However many couples chose to delay divorce during the recession because the couples could not afford to establish two separate households. As the economy has improved, it is now more economically feasible for couples to divorce, and couples that have delayed getting divorced are now starting the process.

If couples are fighting about money, it is likely that the couple has hit tough financial times. For these couples, property division during divorce can be particularly contentious. Each spouse wants to place himself or herself on the best financial footing after the divorce, and will fight vigorously for their fair share of the marital property.

While no person begins a marriage thinking that it will eventually end in divorce, for couples that are constantly fighting about money, divorce can be a good option. Divorce no longer carries the stigma that it once did, and life after divorce can be happy and fulfilling.

Source: golocalworcester.com, "Central Mass Towns with the Highest Divorce Rates," Ashley Klann, April 1, 2013

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