The ending of marriages has skyrocketed in Clark County. Divorce cases have increased by more than 45 percent over the past several years, from 2,058 divorce filings in 2006 to more than 3,000 last year.
This trend counters nationwide statistics showing divorce rates are falling. In Washington, divorce rates have stayed flat.
Experts attribute the local increase to the recession, saying financial stress is to blame for failing marriages. Yet they can’t explain the discrepancy in local and nationwide rates. “It surprises me,” said Keith Hackett, head of a Vancouver counseling center.