Divorce Is Not the Answer...

Divorce Has a Tremendous Impact on Children and Adults and On Society as a Whole
  • Drop in standard of living of females after divorce as of 2000: 45% (National Center of Health Statistics)
  • In 1996, children of divorce were 50% more likely than their counterparts from intact families to divorce. (National Center of Health Statistics)
  • Fatherless homes account for 63% of youth suicides, 90% of homeless/runaway children, 85% of children with behavior problems, 71% of high school dropouts, 85% of youths in prison, well over 50% of teen mothers. (National Center of Health Statistics)
  • (Journal of Marital and Family Therapy) Marital problems are associated with decreased work productivity, especially for men.
Marriage, General
  • Many more couples live together prior to marriage than in the past—recent estimates are in the range of 60+% (A nationwide random phone survey—Stanley and Markman) (Journal of Marriage and the Family) These couples are less likely to stay married, probably mostly due to the fact that they are less conservative about marriage and divorce in the first place. 
  • Money is the one thing that people say they argue about most in marriage, followed by children (Stanley and Markman, nationwide phone survey), but there is a lot of reason to believe that what couples argue about is not as important as how they argue, (Markman, Stanley, and Blumberg, 1994)

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