For Better or Worse

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Katia Haney

English 101

Prof. Cestone

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,

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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...
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