Why Marriage

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of U.S. families are divorced.

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of military families are divorced.

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of evangelical families are divorced.

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of San Diego families are divorced.

The Lasting Effects from the Breakdown of Marriage

  • After ten years of marriage, only 25% of the couples will still be happily married.
  • The average length of marriage for those that end in divorce is only 7 years.
  • Over 1 million children are affected by divorce each year
  • Today, nearly one-third of all American children are born outside marriage–that’s one out-of-wedlock birth every 35 seconds.
  • The growth of single-parent families has had an enormous impact on government. The welfare system for children is overwhelmingly a subsidy system for single-parent families. More than three-quarters of the aid to children is given through programs such as food stamps, Medicaid, public housing ETC.
  • Children of divorced parents more frequently demonstrate a diminished learning capacity, perform more poorly than their peers and are more likely to repeat a grade and to have higher drop-out rates.
  • Divorces  are a major cause for not only absenteeism but presenteeism. Presenteeism is a term that refers to employees being unable to pay full attention to their jobs because of marital conflict. This new phenomena is costing businesses millions of lost dollars
  • Overall cost of social services that must be provided due to marital failure is calculated at the rate of $30,000 per divorce, including direct and indirect costs associated with increased child support enforcement, Medicaid, TANF funds, food stamps, public housing, correctional facilities, unwed childbearing, drug problems, delinquency, criminality, and other social problems associated with divorce.

“As the family goes, so goes the nation and so goes the whole world in which we live.” – Pope John Paul II