Divorce at 4th Year
You’ve been married for about two years and you’re already fed up. You want your happiness back so you begin thinking about divorce. Statistics tell us that marriages are at the highest risk of divorce during the first four years.
If you really want your happiness back, Linda Waite and Maggie Gallagher, the authors of The Case for Marriage would like to argue that divorce is not what’s going to do it for you. They report that “86% of unhappily married people who stick it out find that, five years later, their marriages are happier…” “In fact, nearly three-fifths of those who said their marriage was unhappy…and who stayed married, rated this same marriage as either ‘very happy’ or ‘quite happy’ when reinterviewed” about five years later.
Choosing a different partner won’t work either. “Many people who divorce and remarry find that their second marriage is no happier than their first.” (Waite & Gallagher, 148)
Instead, why not work on the relationship you already have. There are lots of great resources available to help make your marriage the best it can be. If we at Marriage, Inc. can help in any way, don’t hesitate to contact us.
Waite, L., & Gallagher, M. (2000). The case for marraige: why married people are happier, healthier, and better off financially. New York, NY: Broadway Books.