Marriage, Money & Divorce


Two economists from Emory University conducted a study to find out what leads to divorce. And who would know more about love and relationships than economists?

It’s all a little interesting and confusing.  The more you spend on your wedding, the MORE likely you are to divorce; yet the more money you make, the LESS likely you are to divorce. Hmm. Let’s think about that and add in their finding that people who have a wedding with more than 200+ guests are also LESS likely to divorce. Double hmmm. So, if you make a lot of money (less likely to divorce), you would most likely be able to spend a lot on your wedding (more likely to divorce) and, most likely, invite more than 200 people to your big, expensive wedding (back to less likely to divorce).

What the cuddly economists may be missing is the social-emotional aspect of the circumstances.  If a couple has more than 200 people at their wedding, it seems likely that they have strong support system on which they can draw in difficult times.

With regard to the expense of the wedding, it probably has less to do with the actual dollar amount spent than with the reasons so much was spent.  If the event of the wedding becomes more significant than the act of marriage, then the relationship is doomed regardless of the money spent.

And just because those who are more wealthy are less likely to divorce doesn’t mean that the couple is happy.  Maybe this is the one where the economists can relate. After all, divorce is a messy and expensive business.

Jean Maisano