September 24, 2009
SPRINGFIELD – The divorce rate in Massachusetts is much lower than other New England states, and one of the lowest in the nation, new census data shows. . . .
The figures, based on 2008 records, came as a surprise to lawyers and divorce counselors, who said Massachusetts is not known as being a particularly divorce-adverse place.
“There’s nothing more onerous about Massachusetts laws than any other state,” said Cynthia J. Turnbull, a lawyer in Northampton.
Referring to studies showing that nearly 50 percent of marriages end in divorce, Turnbull said: “If anything, divorce seems to be growing area of practice” for lawyers.