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Divorce rate falls to lowest level in nearly four decades

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ALBANY, GA (WALB) - The divorce rate in the U.S. has fallen to its lowest level in close to four decades, and the struggling economy may be one reason why.

The rate peaked in 1981 and is now at its lowest since 1970.

More people are living together long-term without marrying, but experts say many couples think it's just too expensive to divorce right now.

Albany Attorney James Finkelstein hasn't seen a big change in the number of divorces but says finance could play a role.

"There are a lot of factors that go into why people decide not to get divorced if you're talking about financial reasons you're talking about people who did have two job families and now they're down to one job, and even cases where people literally can't afford to sell their houses," said James N. Finkelstein, Attorney.

The Federal Government also spent more than $200 million dollars on a 5 year healthy marriage initiative.

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