Today I am celebrating nine years of marriage to a magnificent, Godly wife. My wife is an extremely loving and selfless mother. She is a kind and caring individual who continuously amazes me. I’m sure you did not come to this site just to read about my wife, but I wanted to express my love and appreciation to her before I continued.
Divorces cost. They cost emotionally. They cost spiritually. They cost financially. Lately, I have been hearing the phrase, “marriage is grand and divorce is fifty grand.” The actual cost of a divorce will differ greatly form case to case.
- Bankrate.com citing material from maritalstatus.com says that divorce is a $28 billion-a-year industry with an average cost of about $20,000.
- An MSN money article says that the average cost of divorce in the United States range from $15,000 to $30,000.
Want a great way to save yourself emotional strain, spiritual concern, and financial pressure? Take proactive steps to safe guard your marriage. When you work to improve your marriage save you in so many different ways. There are many ways to invest in your marriage. Want the good news? This is a investment that does not require any (much) money but has a great return.
Several tips for investing in your marriage are listed below:
- Go on dates with your spouse on a regular basis. Just remember dates do not need to be expensive. Be creative. If you have kids ask a grandparent to baby sit, join a baby sitting co-op, trade baby sitting with friends, or see if your local church has any babysitting programs.
- Find time away from conversations distractions like internet, computer games, television, newspapers, books. Create opportunities for conversation. You can take a walk, unplug all the electronic gadgets, or just sit outside. There is no substitute for talking heart to heart.
- Get on the same page financially. Money is often listed or cited as a leading cause of divorce. Having trouble agreeing? Read something together to begin a conversation (how about this blog). Visit with someone from your church. Seek counseling. Money issues, if unaddressed, will always continue to escalate within a marriage.
- Experience something new. Novelty offers a new experience that brings couples closer together.
- Here is my final idea – don’t forget your anniversary.
A special note to my readers. Typically my wife proof reads all my posts as I have notoriously poor grammar. As you can imagine I thought it would be best if I published this post on my own. So to those of you with a finicky eye for English spelling and grammar I offer you my deepest apologies.