It's okay, married couples — the economy is recovering, you can get divorced now.
Seriously, according to NPR, you people just can't wait:
"When a person is ready to have a divorce, they generally don't like it to take two or three or four years to get finished," says Linda Lea Viken, president of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers. "So I think there's a part of the population who just doesn't want to wait anymore."
And wait they won't. After taking quite a dip during the bleakest parts of the recession, divorce rates are back on track:
Divorce is expensive, so when the economy tanked, a lot of unhappy couples decided it just wasn't the time to split. Some held off when they couldn't sell their home. Federal figures suggest the divorce rate fell about 7 percent between 2006 and 2009, and divorce lawyers across the country saw business dry up. But that's changing.
"I would say that over the last six months, the activity in our firm has probably picked up by 20, 25 percent," says Sandy Ain, a divorce lawyer in Washington, D.C.
In fact, Ain is getting so many calls that he can't handle them all.
I know, I didn't think Sandy was going to be a he either. Anyway, this uptick doesn't apply to everybody — a survey reveals that married couples with college degrees are half as likely to be "thinking about divorce." You can read (and listen to) the whole rundown over at NPR.