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Does Being Laid Off Affect How You View Your Spouse?


The current economy has affected most families, but since December 2007, more than 80 percent of workers laid off have been men. As a result, many couples have to switch roles to keep their families afloat. For Rick and Eleanor Hemmert, this is ruining their marriage. When Rick was laid off in November of 2008, he took on the task of primary caretaker to their 7-year-old daughter, Elizabeth, which is something his wife envies. To make ends meet, Eleanor picked up more hours at the office and as a result her resentment towards her spouse has increased. Believing that a man should support his wife, Eleanor says she lost respect for Rick that will not be restored until he is employed. Do you think she has a valid point?

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