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Massachusetts divorce rate increases over past four years

Divorce can be one of the most difficult phases of life for a separating couple. Although the Massachusetts divorce rate is one of the lowest in the country, divorce is still widespread throughout the state. Readers of our family law blog may be interested to learn of new census data that shows an increase in the rate of divorce in the Bay State.

Figures from the Center for Disease Control show that the divorce rate in Massachusetts has risen in the past four years. In 2008, the rate was 2% per 1,000 people. The rate jumped to 2.7% in 2011. These statistics are in line with the remainder of the Northeast region in general.

As our readers are aware, there are numerous factors that play a role in divorce. The economy, social factors and infidelity are all leading causes of divorce across the nation. As the economy continues to rebound, some anticipate that divorce rates will continue to increase instead of unhappy couples remaining in one household for financial reasons. Numerous studies have found a link between the economy and divorce rates.

Despite the reason for a divorce filing, it is vital to have an experienced family law team on your side. Whether a case requires a traditional path of litigation or mediation, a divorce attorney can help streamline the divorce process. A wide range of issues must be addressed throughout, including the division of marital property and debts. Already heightened emotions can be further tested when it comes to decisions regarding children of a marriage, such as child support and custody arrangements. A divorce attorney can help reach the best possible results in even the most difficult of cases.

Source: Go Local Worcester, "Central Mass towns with the highest divorce rates," Ashley Klann, April 1, 2013

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