Monday, January 12, 2009

Let's Hope This Year Is Different

Posted by Michele Olson
Today, Jan 12th, is traditionally known as the busiest day for divorce filings. That's a sad statistic. The thinking is that possibly people hold on through the holidays before passing on the bad news to their kids.
If you're a tax payer, which is most of us, it's also bad news for you. The Taxpayer Costs of Divorce and Unwed Childbearing: First Ever Estimates for the Nation and all 50 States report is available at thinkmarriage.org, or you can download it here.
If you want to do better in these tough economic times, the truth is a family can live cheaper under one roof. The sad truth is 41% of women end up in poverty following a divorce.
Statistics also show that by the time you file for divorce, you have been thinking about it for seven years. Whether those thoughts are floating around in your head or not, why not be proactive? Take a marriage education workshop, read a good book about marriage like How to Improve Your Marriage Without Talking About It by Patricia Love and Steven Stosny. There are more good resources listed on this blog.
I hope next year I'm able to write a blog about the fact that January 12th was no longer a day known for the highest rate of divorce filings, but instead, more people signed up for a marriage education workshop or ordered a book on marriage. Now that would be a January 12th worth remembering.

2 comments:

Kristen said...

Wow - what an interesting statistic. I hope next year is different too! You all are doing a great job with trying to change that.

thinkmarriage.org said...

Thanks for the pat on the back Kristen...the truth is..it takes Marriage Champions like you - everyone doing something to spread the word about the importance of healthy marriages. If we keep our "eye on the prize" we can change these sad statistics. Keep blogging!