Divorce rates drop as economy slows

During the recession, the divorce rate dropped to its lowest rate in 30 years, according to CBS News.

In 2008, there were nearly 20,000 fewer divorces than the year before. The peak divorce rate nationwide was 5.3 per 1,000 population in both 1979 and 1981, according to the National Center for Health Statistics. Currently, the divorce rate sits at 3.4 per 1,000.

The reason behind this drop may be that people are postponing their divorces until their finances improve or because home values have dipped. Other couples have found that weathering the financial storm has made their relationships stronger.

The National Marriage Project at the University of Virginia has found that many couples have also reported that the financial hardships during this recent recession have deepened the commitment in their marriages. The project found that 20 percent of married Americans reported experiencing two to three of issues such as worrying about meeting expenses, making mortgage payments or having a home foreclosed on, and unemployment or pay reduction during the recession. Only 49 percent of married Americans in the study escaped all three.