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The current financial problems in America have resulted in job cuts, decreases in salaries, and lower house prices. Though financial strain often tears marriages apart, the poor economy has also decreased the number of couples filing for divorce. The American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (AAML) surveyed its 1600 members and found that more than half reported a decrease in the number of divorce filings. In total 57 percent of the attorneys noted fewer couples seeking divorces since the last quarter of 2008. Only 14 percent said the number of filings were up.

Gary Nickelson, president of the AAML, said, “Forced to weigh damaged marriages against tight budgets and uncertain financial outlooks, many spouses seem more willing to try and wait out the recessionary storm.” He added, “The current economic climate is proving to be far more unforgiving than estranged couples seeking a divorce.”

--No Job? Less Money? Divorce is off the budget, http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20091029/od_nm/us_recession_divorces_odd; October 29, 2009, Illustration by Jim L. Wilson and Jim Sandell

Ephesians 4:31-32 (CEV) “Stop being bitter and angry and mad at others. Don't yell at one another or curse each other or ever be rude. (32) Instead, be kind and merciful, and forgive others, just as God forgave you because of Christ.”

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