A new study from the Ohio State University suggests that many couples are unable to afford divorce and use long-term separation as an alternative. Researchers surveyed 7,272 people on a regular basis between 1979 and 2008. Most people in the study who initially separated did get a divorce within three years, but fifteen percent of couples were separated indefinitely. Generally, people in this group had only a high school education, were black or Hispanic, and had children. Economically, some are unable to afford legal divorce, especially when children are involved. Lawyers generally charge $200 to $400 per hour which quickly adds up, plus there are tax and healthcare benefits if couples stay married.
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