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Bettering economy may lead to more Maryland divorces

Last week on this blog we discussed the rise in divorce rates seen during the beginning of the calendar year. A new study has shown the economy, too, may play a part in whether or not couples decide to seek a divorce. The study, to be published in Population Research and Policy review, discovered that 150,000 fewer marriages were dissolved than expected between 2009 and 2011. While some experts saw a decreased divorce rate during the Great Recession as a silver lining, the fact may have been that couples were simply waiting until they could afford to divorce. This can be seen as divorce rates have steadily began to climb in the past couple years.

The timing for divorce may never feel right. Financial difficulties, the young age of children and other personal matters may keep an individual from seeking marriage dissolution. Additionally, divorce legal issues such as property division, alimony, child custody and child support may freeze one into inaction, especially when they consider the heated battles that may ensue.

Yet, the truth is divorce does not always have to be as difficult as one thinks. Also, a divorce resolution can often be reached without the heartache of a full blown proceeding in front of a judge. Instead, a couple can consider alternative dispute resolution techniques. Amongst these is divorce mediation.

Through divorce mediation, the couple can sit down together with their respective attorneys present and hash out a divorce agreement. To help reach the agreement, which can settle all divorce legal matters, a third-party neutral mediator will oversee the process. By doing this, each party places him or herself in a position to reach a fair and positive outcome.

Source: The Los Angeles Times, "Divorces rise as economy recovers, study finds," Emily Alpert Reyes, Jan. 27, 2014

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