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Journal of Family and Economic Issues

, Volume 27, Issue 1, pp 133–151 | Cite as

Individual and Social Costs of Divorce in Utah

  • David G. Schramm
Article

ABSTRACT

This preliminary report provides an overview of the economic consequences of divorce for couples experiencing divorce in Utah. The economic impact on the divorcing individuals, the surrounding communities in which they live, and the state and federal governments were assessed. The data collected in Utah reveals that the federal government absorbs the most substantial costs, including a host of expenditures related to welfare assistance and medical costs. The 9,735 divorces in Utah during 2001 cost the state and federal government nearly $300 million in direct and indirect costs. Extrapolation from these estimates reveals that divorce and its direct and indirect economic consequences cost the United States $33.3 billion annually. Implications for social policy and strengthening marriages are provided.

Keywords

divorce economic costs government marital dissolution marriage 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • David G. Schramm
    • 1
  1. 1.Auburn UniversityAuburnUSA

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