Couples in Greece struggle to make ends meets as they endure the economic crisis impacting the country with slashed salaries, austerities and a depreciation in the quality of day-to-day life. The results of living with such stress, according to the latest data, suggest that the country is seeing an increase in divorce rates.
Experts believe that during the initial years of the crisis that couples found strength in one another as the divorce rate dropped from 13,275 in 2010 to 12,705 in 2011. However, as the crisis has persisted over the years, the stress has taken its toll on couples and now one-third of all marriages out of ten end in divorce — compared to two out of 10 before financial hardships impacted the country.
In 2012 divorces drastically increased to 14,880 and in 2013 divorces in Greece reached a record high of 16,717. Although recent years the numbers have decreased some, experts have speculated that statistics show a growing number of marriages are simply “disintegrating,” according to sources. Also, the data showed that 60 percent of the couples divorcing have been together for 10 or more years.