I was reading an article today by CBC News…
The traditional definition of family is changing in Canada, with 40 per cent of marriages ending in divorce, according to a new study.
For the first time in Canadian history, there are more unmarried people than legally married people age 15 and over in this country, says the study from the Vanier Institute of the Family released Monday in Ottawa. It was based on data from the 2006 census.
The article went on to list… Top 5 reasons couples separate or divorce
1. Different values and interests
2. Abuse — physical and emotional
3. Alcohol and drugs
5. Career-related conflict
Source: Vanier Institute of the Family
Interesting that money issues/finances did not make the list of top 5. One could make the case that money/finance has an underlying effect.
The recent economic downturn has proven to be a stressor for families. The higher cost of living means most families now require two income earners to achieve an average standard of living.
More families are also struggling with debt and poverty. Men are also working longer hours and spending less time with their families.
Share your thoughts on today’s “Modern Family”.