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Affordable Healthcare Act may lead to a higher divorce rate

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The Affordable Healthcare Act has divided politicians and some critics of the legislation say it could also divide families.

The new law makes health care more affordable for some, and may also help the unhappily married afford a way out.

Attorney Myra Fleischer says cost savings through the Affordable Healthcare Act will help many, especially those with pre-existing conditions, afford getting a divorce.

"I've had people come in who say these are the numbers what do you think I will get for support, and we look at those numbers and they choose to stay in the marriage and healthcare is one of those factors," said Fleischer.

"$50 thousand in income, in support, 40 years-old, you're looking at about $270 to $320. That's significantly lower than some of the cost that I've looked at for clients over the past few years," she continued.

She says this could also work for those hoping to tie the knot.

Depending on the cost, more young couples could choose to delay or forget about marriage all together if they get a cheaper deal staying single.

"Time will tell what will happen. The way I see it is there are going to be more options for people," Fleischer said.

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