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Study Finds that Receiving Government Assistance Could Severely Harm a Marriage

As the economy has continued to be mired in a state of disrepair, more and more people have encountered financial needs that they never have in the past.  As a result, many families are turning to new forms of assistance simply to help them put food on the table and to care for their health.  Government programs such as Medicaid and welfare are two such examples, and a new study has looked at a link between the use of these forms of assistance and the effect of them on marriages.

Unfortunately, according to a study performed by researchers at the University of Missouri, there are apparently links between the use of these assistance programs and the marriages of those who receive these benefits, and they are not positive.  Specifically, families in the study who earn $20,000 per year or less and who receive government assistance reported a much lower level of satisfaction with their marriages than those who earned more than $20,000 per year.

The theories being offered behind these findings are relatively straightforward.  Marriages can suffer when spouses are under large amounts of constant stress, as many people are when they cannot make ends meet.  In addition, many people report feeling trapped in these marriages that are seemingly not advancing their lives in a positive manner.

San Diego Divorce Lawyers

Financial stress and hardship can bring about stress and negativity to any marriage, particularly if there are children in the home who need to be supported.  Many other studies have pinpointed finances as one of the leading causes of marital strife and ultimately to divorce filings.  If you find yourself in a position of financial difficulty and your marriage may be ending as a result, you need to take steps to protect your legal rights.

You can start by seeking the help of San Diego divorce lawyers who have been representing husbands and fathers for many years.  Contact the Men’s Legal Center today to schedule an initial consultation.