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Study Says Gridlock Leading To End Of Wedlock

By Carol Cavazos, CBS 11 News

DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – Are you being driven to divorce? Lots of North Texans face long commutes to work. And a new study shows the length of your commute can affect the length of your marriage. It’s gridlock versus wedlock.

The Swedes who’ve studied it say it’s true.  A local divorce attorney, Michelle O’Neil, agrees.  “I have heard complaints in marriages that the long commute causes them to be away or I wish he was home more taking care of the house and kids more so I can have a break.

In fact, the Swedes claim, there is a 40-percent chance a marriage could derail in the first five years if the commute takes 45 minutes or more.

“That could definitely be another stress point on a new marriage that could cause a breakdown,” O’Neil said.

The study also says divorce could escalate when the commute disappears.

Some North Texas commuters don’t agree with any of the findings.  April Cook said, “I think it depends on the marriage! I don’t think it’s necessarily the commute. It has to depend on the marriage.”

Josh Graham said, “It sort of takes patience on both sides of things.”  Tisha Davis started taking the DART rail recently. She talks to her husband on the way home.  “I talk to him on that long commute just to help,” Davis said.

It’s at least one way to keep a marriage on the right track.


One Comment

  1. Texas Slim says:

    There is a simple solution to this problem: Don’t get married!

    1. TX Cajun says:

      Amen to that, brother. Too late for me. By the way, my wife’s commute to work is 10 minutes, but she practically lives at the office (her choosing – nobody is forcing her). I barely ever see her. I also think TIME SPENT AT WORK beyond the normal 40-50 hours can also be a major contributor to marital woes.

  2. les says:

    if your marriage is so unstable that this would affect it ,there are more problem’s than this. who is genius that dreamed this up ????????

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