Divorce rate rises follow recession

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February 6, 2014

Rise in Divorce Follows End of Recession

Marilyn Stowe, senior partner at Stowe Family Law, said: “I am not surprised to see the number of divorces beginning to increase again.

“Over the past 18 months, we have opened an additional three offices to meet an increased demand for our services.

“I believe the economic situation, with the UK falling in and out of recession, has played a key role: a greater number of businesses go into liquidation when a country emerges from recession, and in my experience this principle applies to marriages too.

“Couples will struggle through times of adversity as best they can, but eventually find that despite their best efforts, they simply can’t go on any longer.

“I also wonder if the ‘Olympics Effect’ has played a part in the rise. Our offices around the country were unusually quiet for the period around London 2012, but became exceptionally busy afterwards.

“At the time, it was well-documented that many more families were staying home for their holidays. Could it be that for marriages already in trouble, the additional time spent together at home proved to be a tipping point?”

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