Is the economy effecting whether or not you get divorced?

@ersmommy1 (12600)
United States
July 25, 2008 11:04am CST
I saw this on the news. A report stated that many couples are now staying together because it is getting too costly to divorce. One therapist said it may even give troubled couples a chance to work through their issues. Would you stay together because of the economy?
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@foxyfire33 (10009)
• United States
25 Jul 08
I don't know, that seems totally backward to me in a way. I would think that the economy would place even more stress on couples and lead to more break-ups and divorces. On the other hand...one income doesn't provide for much anymore so I suppose that's why people may be forcing themselves to stay together. Maybe people are staying together more than before but I think their problems are probably getting worse which could lead to a drastic jump in the divorce rate if the economy does manage to recover.
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• United States
4 Aug 08
The only reasons I would consider getting a divorce would not be strongly affected by the economy. There are times when divorce is a good idea. There are other times with divorce happens because people aren't willing to do their part in working out difficulties. If my wife cheated on me, then I'd be gone. If my wife were unhealthy to me or my child, I would be gone. I don't think being broke or bankrupt would stop me. But, then again, there are other people out there who get divorced for less meaningful reasons and could be encouraged to tough it out for a bit longer if times were tight. The only things I can say about that might not seem very polite or understanding, so I'll keep them to myself and spare people's feelings.
@whittby (3073)
• United States
27 Jul 08
I have to say I would stay together because of the economy. That is unless things were getting abusive or totally intolerable. I don't think many people are able to live on their own anymore. How can someone pay rent, utilities, food, gas and everything else on one income with the prices rising.
• India
26 Jul 08
LOL, this really makes me laugh. Ever since the beginning, two factors kept couples together--religion and economy. Were it not for these two, most of our grandmothers would have told their husbands to go to hell and walked out of the marriage. Yep, economy is a major factor that would keep couples together. :) Now would I stay in a marriage to stay alive? I would rather die! Luckily, I am not married. So economy or no economy, I enjoy my life. Cheers and happy mylotting
@katsmeow1213 (29029)
• United States
25 Jul 08
Interesting discussion. I believe it's true. My husband and I spent a few years going through a lot of stress which caused problems in our marriage. I thought many times about leaving him, but I knew I couldn't. Not just because of the cost of divorce, but also because how would I support my children? Child care is ridiculously expensive, and I'd be working JUST to pay a sitter. So I stayed and toughed it out, and things have gotten a lot better now.
• United States
25 Jul 08
I would have to say no Er. But that's just because finances don't enter into my equation of love. If I felt that I wasn't being loved, I would leave the marriage, regardless of what it would do to the finances. I would have to just find a way to recoup the loss. No one should be made to stay in a loveless relationship, regardless of the financial impact. If a relationship can be saved, I would stay, if it can't be, I would leave, just as simple as that, and finances would never enter into it.