Over the years, divorce researchers and experts have made several connections between marital stress, divorce rates, and the national economy. This week, a new study conducted by the National Marriage Project has once again found that the ups and downs of individual marriages - as well as the ups and downs of the national marriage rate - have a lot to do with money.


The major finding of this newest study - which surveyed almost 1,200 couples between the ages of 18 and 45 - found that a significant number of families suffered from unemployment and financial stress during the 2008 and 2009 recession, while another large number of couples admitted to delaying divorce plans until they were on more stable economic footing. Specifically, one out of three couples struggled with paying bills and finding income during the recession, while 38 percent of people experiencing serious marital problems said that they had delayed a divorce.


What can we learn from these findings? While the divorce rate fell by double-digits in both 2008 and 2009, that rate was not a true reflection of the state of marriage in the United States. The poor economy is putting strain on American marriages - and we may not see the results of that strain until the country recovers financially.


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Molly B. Kenny
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