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Massachusetts divorce rate one of the lowest in nation

There is generally much debate and discussion on the topic of marriage and how to make a marriage last. However, it's important to remember that in some circumstances, the best choice for each member of a couple is to go their separate ways. A recent study has shed some light on changes in the divorce rate in the state of Massachusetts. While the rate is one of the lowest in the country, census data has shown a recent increase over the last few years. In 2008, the rate was 2.0 divorces (in 1,000 people) which is much lower than the 2011 rate of 2.7.

However, divorce rates have the potential of continuing to rise over the next few years. Some speculate the poor economy has made some couples reluctant to split because of the benefits of remaining as a single household, as opposed to maintaining separate residences, and the costs associated with the divorce process. As the economy continues to improve, issues involving money may become less of a deterrent.

Based on the study of divorce data, some interesting trends were revealed. For example, most divorces come after a couple has been married for an average of eight years, and the average age of those wishing to seek a divorce is 30. Additionally, someone who was previously married waits an average of three years before remarrying.

Regardless of the age, length of marriage, and desire to remarry, a divorce is a stressful situation, even in a state like Massachusetts which has such a low rate. In many circumstances, a divorce is often the best choice for a couple to have a clean start and begin the next stage of their life. It may be a difficult decision to arrive at, but there is no reason why the proceedings have to be acrimonious. Those parties that are able to maintain open lines of communication throughout the process may find it easier to reach a fair and comprehensive settlement.

Source: GoLocalWorcester.com, "Central Mass Towns with the Highest Divorce Rates," Ashley Klann, April 1, 2013

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