Thinking About a Divorce? Rate Expected to Rise as Economy Recovers

By MatadorAdminFamily Law Attorney

Last week, the Los Angeles Times reported that as the economy continues to recover from the recession, the number of divorces nationally is expected to rise.

The Times reported that the divorce rate decreased during the recession. Some experts think this is due to financial constraints, as couples who would have been more likely to separate before the recession stayed together because of economic problems.

Nevertheless, as the economy continues to recover, more divorces are expected to take place. According to the Times, the divorce rate among married women dropped from 2.09 percent in 2008 to 1.95 percent in 2009. However, in 2010 and 2011, as the economy recovered, the rate increased to an average of 1.98 percent.

Researchers said that because of the recession, between 2009 and 2011, an estimated 150,000 divorces that would have normally occurred under typical economic conditions did not take place.

“This is exactly what happened in the 1930s,” Johns Hopkins University sociologist Andrew Cherlin told the Times. “The divorce rate dropped during the Great Depression not because people were happier with their marriages, but because they couldn’t afford to get divorced.”

What to Expect During a Bergen or Rockland County Divorce

It is not surprising that divorces would drop nationally due to economic conditions. The process can be expensive and time consuming, but incredibly important if you have assets you want to protect and/or are generally unhappy with your marriage.

Even if you have an agreeable relationship with your partner, but are not happy with your marriage or fear infidelity, you should protect yourself by talking to our experienced family attorneys. We can help you work on issues including the division of marital assets, alimony, child custody and potential prenuptial agreements, which are very important following a separation.

When you speak to our divorce attorneys, you will meet with a paralegal that will spend approximately 20 minutes with you obtaining basic facts concerning your marriage and finances. Thereafter, you will watch a short video, which will answer many common questions about a divorce, which will take approximately 20 minutes. There is no fee for your meeting with the paralegal or watching the video.

After this, the cost of a matrimonial consultation is $300.00 per half hour with Paul Goldhamer, B.A, J.D. Esq. If you require more time with Mr. Goldhamer, additional time is billed at $300.00 per one half hour.

If you are contemplating a divorce and would like to protect your assets, let our firm arrange your initial consultation. Our family law offices in New York or New Jersey can be reached through our online contact form or at (800) 711-5258.

Kantrowitz, Goldhamer & Graifman, P.C. – Bergen County Divorce Attorneys

KGG’s Corner: According to the Huffington Post, the minimum processing time for a divorce in New York is 360 days.

In Rockland & Bergen County, generally, contested divorce will be finished on the short side at 6 to 9 months and on the long side in 15 to 18 months.

In both jurisdictions, if the parties reach a signed financial agreement, the divorce itself will only take 8 to 12 weeks.


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