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Texas town home to high percentage of divorced adults

In at least one town in the Texas panhandle, divorce has joined the ranks of other industries as a growth factor in the local economy. During the past five years, Borger, Texas has seen the nation's largest increase in the number of divorced adults.

Since 2007, the percentage of divorced individuals in that small town has nearly doubled. Now, census data reveal the proportion to stand at over 15 percent. With so many splits in one area, residents may need to take a refresher course on the benefits of the prenuptial agreement.

Borger is not alone in its relatively high population of divorced men and women. Two-thirds of American cities also experienced a rise in the number of divorced adults living within their limits since five years ago.

In 2007, approximately 10.5 percent of U.S. adults had been through a divorce. Now, that figure has risen to nearly 11 percent.

According to the president of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, the recession has caused an understandable spike in anxiety levels. When a couple's home environment is stressed, marriages can feel the effects firsthand.

Even positive economic events can have fallout for the bond between husband and wife. While energy has boomed in Borger, non-traditional and intense work schedules have placed a strain on family units.

Nowadays, Borger has the 37-th largest percentage of divorced people calling it home.

Given the area's adversity in the face of recession, more people are likely to move there looking for work. Unfortunately, with today's unpredictable economic environment, divorce could be on the rise even more in coming years.

As a result, those who move to energy-boom towns and regions may want to consider the benefits of a prenuptial agreement. Stressed-out transplants may not want to take the time to commit to one, but with so many divorces it may be necessary for peace of mind.

In Texas, prenups can address the most stressful elements of a split: assets, debts, property division, and spousal support, just to name a few.

Source: The Houston Chronicle, "Gusher of Texas oil-patch divorces leads breakup trend." Frank Bass, Dec. 19, 2012.

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