While I am hoping today is the last frigid day of winter here, there is evidence that divorce litigation may be increasing as the economy slowly recovers. A report on NPR today looks into the possibility that parties were waiting for the economy to improve before filing for divorce. This can be a useful strategy depending on how the assets might be valued. House values, retirement accounts, and in some cases, business values have dropped since the beginning of the recession and have not yet returned to their prior levels. That can be a real boon to the spouse who wants to buy out the other spouse. The NPR story also mentions the availability of loans, as this is a common way the home/business buy out would happen. Finally, not having a job impacts alimony discussions. It will be interesting to see the effect on already-crowded court dockets.