Hitched to the economy
Divorce rates drop as couples realize it’s cheaper to stay together
By Marty Orgel
2008 12 21
SAN FRANCISCO (MarketWatch) — The recession and economic turmoil is creating a new class of casualties: Married couples who can’t afford to get divorced. In these tough times many people are finding it’s cheaper to stay together, even when they can’t stand each other.
“The reason that the economy has such an enormous impact on divorce is that most people in the middle-income brackets are getting by on whatever income they have. They’re just getting by,” said Bonnie Booden, a family law and divorce attorney in Phoenix.
A major factor in the divorce downturn, Booden said, is divorced couples have to establish two separate households with current funds — a prohibitive factor when you’re looking at divorce in tough economic times….(Full Story)
F4L: No kidding, it is cheaper living for two in one common household than it is for two singles in one separate household each! Who would have thought!!
Well, for one thing, the judges in the divorce courts still don’t think so. They obviously believe that income, even if a man lost his job in these troubled times, miraculously grows to catch up to the entitlements the judges keep awarding to those little, poor victim wives.
Nevertheless, I bet that just as unbridled economic growth fueled the divorce industry and just as tough economic times make it shrink and shrivel, so any divorce attorney in a formerly thriving divorce industry will now be quite happy to have a little extra income by writing articles, at $500 or so a pop, about a good thing that was and is no more.
It is odd that Bonnie Booden did not mention that she is a member of another new class of casualties, divorce attorneys that may well have to close down their practices and start doing a different sort of work for a living, for lack of work from people wanting to have a divorce but not being able to afford the luxury.
That is what necessity does. Necessity once dictated that, “Women, you can’t live with’m, and you can’t live without’m,” and now proves, as divorce attorneys turn into journalists or worse, that necessity is the mother of invention. Good luck with that, by the way.
Journalism and publishing are no longer growth industries. Magazines and newspapers are cutting back and shutting down. Some try to survive by amalgamating remnants that can no longer make it on their own, just as marriage once was and will become once more a method of survival for people who cannot make it on their own.
Cooperation, before the divorce industry began to exploit marriage to the hilt, was once praised as a concept that people came to call synergy, a system whose productivity is greater than the sum of the productivity of its parts.
Who would have thought of it? Necessity drives divorce attorneys to become journalists, and couples who once would not have thought twice to file for divorce to cooperate a bit longer instead, at least until they can avail themselves again of a luxury they cannot afford, a divorce attorney. The more things change, the more they stay the same, and, “There is nothing new under the sun.”
With a bit more forethought, a good thing like marriage never had to turn so sour, thereby to become a major cause of the economic downturn, proving my mother to be right, once more. She used to say: “When an ass gets to feel too good, he goes on the ice, to play.”