Monday, August 08, 2011

Childless couples still divorce at a much higher rate than those with children

Deseret News
Childless couples still divorce at a much higher rate than those with children
Published: Monday, Aug. 8, 2011 10:25 a.m. MDT
About 66 percent of American divorced couples are childless, according to a Huffington Post article that looks at multiple studies, while 40 percent of couples with children have divorced.

"The absence of children leads to loneliness," author and journalist Anneli Rufus wrote as part of a Divorce Magazine list of 21 factors that increase the risk of divorce.

Couples without children are prone to divorce issues, according to, and studies are showing it could stem from sexual incompatibility. Childless couples also show symptoms of anxiety and depression.

Yet Laura Carroll, author of "Families of Two: Interviews With Happily Married Couples Without Children by Choice," told the Huffington Post many childless couples are happy, because they "have more time, energy and money to spend on their careers, friends, each other and themselves."

Huffington Post writer Vicki Larson shows that divorce rates among the childless have been significantly higher for more than a half century. She suggests that while children may not always be the glue that holds a marriage together, "the childfree don't have that motive, so there's no reason to stay together if it's not working."
This article is so poorly written that it barely warrants commenting. Suffice it to say that some Journalist's opinion on loneliness in no way negates the possibility that the difference is entirely due to unhappy couples staying together for the sake of their children.
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sara star said...

Exactly! It is so much easier to part ways when things aren't working because you don't have the financial worry of raising the children, and the couples careers are not compromised by children. They can easily move into separate apartments and go their merry ways.

I can't tell you how many parents I know stay together after cheating, loss of love and etc, because they can't afford to move out on their own because of the costs of childrearing.

Storm Bunny said...

Sadly this article basically says that it's better to be unhappy, but married, and children help you to do that, than rather shoulder being alone but no longer suffering. Personally I prefer being alone that being with someone I can't stand all the while hurting innocent third parties because I blame them for not ebing able to leave the one that's making me miserable.

lauracarroll said...

Hi, Laura, Families of Two here--that is not my quote in that article, it is Larsens's--the article got me going too that I has to post my own--