Is Divorce More Common at the End of the Year?
Is it possible that online divorce is making it easy enough to dissolve a marriage that it is actually increasing the divorce rate? New online divorce statistics suggest it may be the case.
With 2012 winding to a close, is it possible that there are more divorces on the horizon at the end of November and the beginning of December than there are in say, May or June?
It certainly would seem that way with the rash of online divorce advice that’s coming out of late. A new article in the Huffington Post today suggests that those considering divorce not communicate at all once they have made the final decision to split—even couples with children, author Honoree Corder suggests, should only communicate sparsely, and only in written form.
Are there more divorces because of the coming new year, is it the economy, the end of the election cycle, or some other unfounded variable that we’re just not seeing out there? According to CNN.com, cheap online divorces are increasing in volume among Baby Boomers and other groups as well—the Guardian UK reports that even after years of statistical decreases in online divorce and other forms of dissolution of marriage, numbers are back up, and divorce rates have doubled in the past century.
So the question becomes, does making divorce easy and affordable cause us as a society to choose it more often than we did 100 years ago? Chances are that the ease of divorce and increased civil liberties for women have been two major variables that contribute to the staggering divorce rates we see in the US and across other Western countries such as England and other parts of Britain.
For those who still struggle in the confines of unhappy marriages that leave them bereft or unfulfilled, an affordable online divorce may not sound like the answer, even in these “modern times”—many people’s religious, spiritual, or ethical beliefs keep them from annulling a marriage or getting divorced simply because it is seen as morally wrong to do so. But more and more that kind of belief system is fading away, even among some of the most puritanical demographics within US borders and beyond.
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