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.
Couples in Massachusetts make a wide range of choices based on economic factors. Many put off major home improvements or family vacations when times are tough, others pare down household expenses such as electricity consumption or cut the cable television bill. A recently released study suggests that this type of financially-motivated decision making also extends to bigger issues, including the decision to file for divorce.