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Inflation Isn’t Causing More Divorces, but It Might Be Making It Worse


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Debt.com survey shows financial problems are leading to more marital problems.

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. Feb. 14, 2023 /PRNewswire/ — Debt.com’s annual Divorce and Debt Survey shows a disturbing trend from 2022 to 2023: Inflation might be a contributing factor in recent divorces.

Last year, just under a third of respondents said “debt or other financial difficulties” were “primary factors” in their divorce. This year, it rose to exactly 4 in 10. That’s a jump of 7 percent.

Forty-two percent said the largest contributing factor was “disagreements on big purchases” such as cars, appliances, and furniture, eclipsing credit card debt at 29 percent. Debt.com president Don Silvestrisays that’s a significant statistic.

“High inflation affects all prices, but big-ticket items can pose big relationship problems,” Silvestri says. “No divorce is simple, and there’s rarely a single cause, but it’s quite apparent from these results that a sour economy has also soured some marriages.”

Silvestri says it’s concerning because “the economy isn’t going to turn around anytime soon.” Other survey results support that idea:

  • Generally, “financial difficulties” were “primary factors” in divorce for 25 percent of respondents this year – up from 21 percent in 2022.
  • In 2023, 40 percent of respondents took on between $1,000 and $10,000 in debt after their divorce. In 2022, it was only 33 percent.
  • Debt is so intimidating that couples are trying to avoid divorce. Nearly 30 percent of divorcees said they considered separation. Last year, it was 20 percent.

“While it’s impossible to attribute divorce specifically to inflation and other economic factors, it’s clear they’re being cited more often as a pain point,” Silvestri says. “Sadly, with inflation slowing but not stopping, we expect to see more struggling couples citing economic factors as major reasons for their breakups.”

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*Percentages are rounded up to the nearest whole number and might not total 100 percent.

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