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Why Divorce Rates Jump When the Economy Gets Healthy

Jordan Weissmann

Good news, more Americans, getting divorced

Need to sell the house in a split. A lot easier if you're

Many married women don't work. Need to find jobs. 

Little married households performing mitosis, turning into more households, which is theoretically good for the housing market


“In unhappy marriages, they have started having the macroeconomic ability to unwind,” he said. 

“As the economy normalizes, so too do family dynamics,” said Mark Zandi, chief economist at Moody’s Analytics Inc. in West ChesterPennsylvania. “Birth rates and divorce rates are rising. We may even see them rise strongly in the next couple of years, as households who put off these life-changing events decide to act.”

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