Finances and marriage: Post-recession couples better off

Did the financial crisis save your marriage?

A bad economy tends to keep couples together


You’d think divorce rates would spike during tough times, but numerous studies suggest just the opposite: A bad economy tends to keep couples together, possibly because they can’t afford to get divorced. Hard times also teach spouses valuable lessons in fiscal responsibility, according to a recent Experian Consumer Services survey. The result? Couples who married post-crisis are more likely to discuss financial issues—and check each other’s credit scores—than those who married before.