Tuesday, Thursday 2:20-3:45
For Better or Worse
Marriage is defined as the social institution under which a man and woman establish their
decision to live as husband and wife by legal commitments. There are many issues to be
addressed before deciding to get married. When the decision is made, couples believe that their
commitment will sustain the tests of time. However, some couples are unable to maintain their
marriages. Marriages are in the face of great difficulty due to coping with financial stress
associated with the loss of employment, and the marriages that end in divorce will have negative
effects on the children who are involved as well as those who are facing similar challenges.
At this time, marriages and family life are dying. Marriages are no longer ending with the
death of a spouse, now almost half end in divorce. Divorce is no longer perceived as a sign of
selfishness, immaturity, or a lack of commitment, instead it has become the new trend.
Relationships are lacking resilience and commitment. The demands of relationships are
greater and people are bailing out too easily.
As a result of a spouse losing their employment, significant financial problems occur,
creating financial stress as well. Unemployment has generated financial boundaries. Husbands
and wives become frustrated because of debt and even more so with not knowing how to get out
of it. A single income has been putting a strain on the person who is still working. This person
has to become the sole provider, often not being able to support an entire family on an individual
income. Couples are no longer able to continue the lifestyle that they have become accustomed
to and are unable to adapt to the change. The simple things that they used to enjoy even become
difficult to obtain. The financial stability of the relationship has been...