MEDFORD, Ore. — Displays at bridal shops greet window shoppers in downtown Medford. A new report suggests couples in Medford are more likely to split after tying the knot than in other cities in the country.
Marriage counselors said, in the Rogue Valley, it’s common to see couples who marry young, shortly after high school, have problems just a few years later.
“When you don’t really know what you want, you haven’t really seen anybody that’s had a good marriage, it’s pretty hard to hang in there and know what to do,” said marriage and family therapist Barbara Massey
The new report ranks Medford fourth in the country for divorces with a 15% divorced population.
Marriage therapists think changing climates can lead to depression and possibly causing problems in marriages.
“So here we are going right into a season where we have all the fog coming in and that really increases marriage problems when people don’t feel as good or happy,” said Massey.
Divorce attorneys said they have a steady flow of clients, with no particular peak time of year.
“I would say on average, I probably meet with two to three clients a week that have issues with disillusion or custody,” said attorney Cam Howry
Howry said he sees no patterns of any kind and people of all ages and walks of life come through the door.
One trend he is seeing more and more is for closures becoming a factor.
“And it’s not only an issue from the stand point of there’s no equity in the home, and we’ve got to divide up extra debt, but it’s also an issues in the sense that one or the other spouse is usually going to have to take on the responsibility of what to do with the home,” said Howry.