Shorter Marriages-Higher Divorce Rates

Finland is witnessing a gradual decline in the length of marriage as well as a rise in percent of those getting divorces. Divorce in Finland has risen from 33% in 2000 to 40% this year and the average length of a marriage has declined from 12 to 11 years.

It has always been my belief that divorce occurs due to three reasons — sex, money, children. Since married couples have fewer children there is less pressure on either party to remain married “for the sake of the children.” Here in America, economic pressures are rising among the middle class which is being squeezed as the wealthy gain an increasingly larger share of wealth. One result of this is a higher divorce rate. Does George Bush realize his economic policies hurt the stability of family life?
Sanomat, June 4, 2007 “Marriages Ending Ever Earlier”