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How Will the Recession Affect Marriages?

The Recession Strengthened Marriage Vows, Survey Finds

Wow, on top of all the unique aftereffects of the recession, here's another one: 38 percent of people have postponed divorce or separation plans due to the recession, a survey by the National Marriage Project at University of Virginia finds. Not only that, but another 29 percent said that the economic downturn has "deepened their marriage vows."

Don't forget, though, there's also research out there that shows the recession is bringing about fewer marriages. In fact, 2009 saw an all-time record low in the number of registered marriages in a whopping 100 years. This really drives home the fact that marriage isn't a union that should be based solely on love — it's also about finding your money mate as well. It's important to be very honest with your partner about finances, and it makes things go a lot smoother if you're on the same page about issues such as debt, spending, and saving. These are thorny topics that will definitely pop up during your relationship, so make sure to address them early on. Remember, there are plenty of ways to bring up this touchy subject, and tax season is the perfect time to talk about dollars and cents with your other half!

Has the recession affected your relationship in any way?

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