After the start of the Great Recession, from 2009 to 2011, the numbers of divorces decreased. According to study from the University of Maryland, filings for divorce were about 150,000 less than what normally would have been expected,. During this period divorce among married woman dropped for 2.09% to 1.95%, and has increased back to normal rates since then.
The National Marriage Project believes that the hard times brought on the bad economy may have brought financially strapped couples closer together, or they simply were unable to afford the filings for costly divorce procedures. Either way, the research center saw it as a silver lining for the Great Recession.
The Maryland study data does not necessary reflect that. If that was the absolute truth, there should be a correlation with divorce rates in the states hardest hit by the bad economy or the number of cases involving families that filed for bankruptcy.Yet, in either case the percentage and number of divorces were higher than the national average for both situations.
What is the truth? John Hopkins University sociologist, Andrew Cherlin, sums it up by stating the same thing was seen during the Great Depression in the 1930's. A circumstance of the bad economy is that they throw off the the timings of divorce proceedings. As the economy has started to recover, divorce filings have crept up slowly around the nation.