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Divorce and the Greek economic crisis

Divorce trends and issues in a given country can be affected by many things. This includes economic conditions. Given this, one question that comes up when it comes to Greece is: What impacts has Greece’s economic crisis had on divorce in the country?

Divorce statistics in Greece covering the time since the crisis began indicate that trends in divorce numbers in the country have shifted as the crisis has progressed.

Reportedly, Greece saw a drop in divorces in the initial period of the crisis. Then, in the 2012 to 2013 period, divorces spiked. Divorces hit record levels in Greece in 2013. Then, in the period since this spike, divorces have trended down some again. However, divorce rates in Greece remain well above where they were prior to the crisis.

In addition to potentially affecting divorce likelihood, tough economic conditions in a country can also have an impact on the issues in a divorce. For one, they could have implications on property division, as they could lead to big drops in the value of some of the assets in the marital estate, such as real estate properties.

So, when a Greek American is in a divorce that involves property in Greece, among the many things that could raise some special issues and concerns in their divorce are the impacts that the economic crisis has had on the value of the Greek property in the marital estate. Attorneys skilled in U.S.-Greece divorce cases can assist Greek Americans who are divorcing a Greek spouse or who are in a divorce that involves Greek property with addressing the many unique considerations that could be present in regards to their divorce.

Source: Greek Reporter, “Greece Facing Increase in Divorce Rate Due to Economic Crisis,” Kerry Kolasa-Sikiaridi, Feb. 13, 2017

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