Jamie Kurtz fell in love when she was 29 years old. But by the time the San Fernando Valley native was 30, she was already divorced.
Kurtz’s marriage lasted less than a year, and the divorce process took almost as much time and money as had the wedding and its planning. After going through that emotionally and financially difficult situation, she decided last year to start Simply Divorced, a business that offers uncontested divorce services for a flat fee.
“I wanted to help people who are either less fortunate, or millennials who don’t have thousands of dollars to throw away on a divorce,” said Kurtz, a lawyer. “I could make it as easy as possible by providing affordable legal and emotional support.”
In the United States, 40 to 50 percent of marriages end in divorce, according to the American Psychological Association’s website. Andmillennials who have decided to end their marriages may still be caught in a financial bind. Statistically, they make thousands less per year than previous generations, and almost 20 percent of them live in poverty, as reported by the U.S. Census Bureau.
Those who have decided to end their marriages amicably can pursue an uncontested divorce in which they can come to agreement on the terms of their divorce, including child custody and division of assets, rather than getting a judge involved.