Unemployment has had a considerable effect on many individuals’ financial situations, but this issue is also taking a toll on relationships, the Fiscal Times reports.
The news source reports that a recent study found that 75 percent of women would not marry a man who was unemployed, pointing to dating difficulties for adults without a job. In blossoming relationships, unemployment has caused more couples to live together. According to the publication, the number of unmarried couples cohabitating increased 13 percent from 2009 to 2010. In addition, many people have delayed marriage plans or downsized these celebrations due to unemployment.
For couples having marital troubles, tough financial times can force them to delay divorces. The news source found that there was a decline in divorce rates between 2008 and 2009, when the recession began. In some cases, finances are to blame, as the average divorce can cost around $5,000.
According to Psych Central, a study published in the American Journal Sociology found that a man’s employment status was a major factor in divorce. Male unemployment increases the changes that his wife will initiate a divorce.