Nancy Chemtob
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Nancy Chemtob speaks to INSIDER about why fewer Americans see their romantic partners as a “source of life’s meaning.”

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November 22, 2021

Business Insider: Fewer Americans see their romantic partners as a source of life's meaning, and it signals a big cultural shift

Dating during a pandemic is hard, and couples had to confront unhappy relationships in quarantine. Paired with the declining birth rate, it seems Americans are finding fulfillment on their own terms. A new report from Pew Research Center that surveyed more than 2,500 Americans found that 9% of respondents cited their spouse or romantic partner as a source of meaning in life. That’s quite a drop from 2017, when 20% said the same.

Nancy Chemtob, a divorce lawyer and founding partner of Chemtob Moss Forman & Beyda, said that her firm had seen a 30% uptick in conflict checks — a process that ensures that a potential new client isn’t a conflicting interest with a new or former client of the firm — since the pandemic began. “As they say, familiarity breeds contempt,” she said.

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Dating during a pandemic is hard, and couples had to confront unhappy relationships in quarantine. Paired with the declining birth rate, it seems Americans are finding fulfillment on their own terms. A new report from Pew Research Center that surveyed more than 2,500 Americans found that 9% of respondents cited their spouse or romantic partner as a source of meaning in life. That’s quite a drop from 2017, when 20% said the same.

Nancy Chemtob, a divorce lawyer and founding partner of Chemtob Moss Forman & Beyda, said that her firm had seen a 30% uptick in conflict checks — a process that ensures that a potential new client isn’t a conflicting interest with a new or former client of the firm — since the pandemic began. “As they say, familiarity breeds contempt,” she said.

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