Are you being driven to divorce, asks CBS 11? A study commissioned in Sweeden found that the risk of divorce goes up by 40% for spouses with commutes over 45 minutes. "To be able to commute to work can be a positive thing because it means you don’t have to uproot your family with every career move, but it can also be a strain on your relationship," says study author Erika Sandow. Commuting was found to be harder for women than men, and the risk of divorce is usually the highest during the first few years of commuting.
Dallas divorce attorneys say there are, naturally, other factors to consider when looking into the break down of marriage relationships. The economy and finances have been straining marriages for years. Long commutes may add to the stress a spouse feels during the day and takes time away from the family spent driving.
So, what can be done to prevent the commute from killing your marriage? Communication is essential to the health of any relationship. Making special time for each other can also help bridge the gap.
Carol Cavazos and I discussed this study in the interview I did with her for this story on CBS 11: