It is not uncommon for an Orange County resident to encounter news stories about the national divorce rate. It seems that overall fewer couples are enduring the painful process of ending their marriages. One portion of the population, however, is still afflicted by a higher than average rate of divorce. This group includes those who fall into the low-income bracket.
According to research on the divorce rate, female partners in couples look to their spouses to earn wages and share in the household workloads of their families. For low-income partnerships, these factors are sometimes not present. The loss of a job can throw a family into the low-income bracket when one or both partners to a marriage are unable to secure work.
Additionally, financial strain in a relationship can lead to emotional strain in a marriage. It can be difficult to hold a relationship together when big questions exist as to whether the rent will be paid, food can be purchased and other expenses necessary for living can be met. Although prior studies on low-income marriages have assumed that individuals in this population have nontraditional views on marriage, it seems as though factors such as family structure and money have more influence on rates of divorce.
National divorce rates may be dropping, but for low-income Americans the rate of improvement is not as significant as it is for other demographics. Money, or in some cases a lack of money, can complicate marital relationships to an alarming extent. Emotions can run high when stress and strain factor into the functioning of a partnership. The stresses that come with financial strain can be so significant that they lead to marital dissolutions and divorce.
Source: Deseret News, "What's to blame for low-income divorce rates?," JJ Feinauer, May 4, 2015