The researchers found that 60% of the couples were initially very happy with their marriages. However, 30% were moderately happy and 10% were unhappy in their marriages from the very beginning. They found that couples that were happy when they were initially married were also relatively likely to remain happy over the years to come. Those that were already troubled at the beginning of their marriages were more likely to become even more unhappy over time and eventually to seek a divorce.
The researchers found that economically disadvantaged couples largely resembled the others involved in the study. Wives were more likely to be unhappy if they were also suffering a poor economic situation. However, the researchers did not provide information about couples who experienced new forms of economic stress or a financial crisis during their marriage, rather than those who maintained a consistent economic status over the years.
Finances can be a stressful topic not only during marriage but also during the divorce process. A divorcing spouse might benefit from consulting with a family law attorney to help negotiate a fair settlement of divorce legal issues, including property division and spousal support.