Sunday, October 19, 2014

What Makes A Marriage Last

Randal S. Olsen wrote an article titled, "What makes for a stable marriage?"
on a study by Andrew M. Francis and Hugo M. Mialon of Emory University titled, "‘A Diamond is Forever’ and Other Fairy Tales: The Relationship between Wedding Expenses and Marriage Duration" highlighting the seven most significant factors for making a stable marriage. 

The article was discussed on Slashdot.

Oddly, my marriage to Spring fell into lowest divorce risk category for nearly every measure and not one was high. The statistic the study did not measure, which I think would be enlightening, is disparity of income. Spring made significantly less money than me. This was by choice as the vocational evaluation said she could make just as much as me if she wanted to. Given the way the divorce system works, she had little risk of losing money and a good chance of coming out set for life. (which sadly is exactly what happened) Even her legal costs were paid for by my income so she could out-litigate me without spending a dime of her own earnings. 

In a more equitable marriage (and don't think for a moment that Spring was the primary caregiver to the children as even the custody evaluator ruled parenting was joint and to say she was a homemaker is just wrong) there would be financial hardship to obtaining a divorce. For Spring, she had everything to gain and little to lose. Other than her relationship with her children but for Spring that simply wasn't a factor. 

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