The high probability of getting divorces in future due to the modern social settings worries me a lot. Divorce is a painful experience that not only affects couples but also other people such as children and close friends. I experienced the pain when my best friend’s parent got a divorce. According to my best friend, various factors led to his parents’ divorce. One of the factors included financial problems. The family started experiencing financial problems after my friend’s father lost his job. Her mother became the only source of income in the family. At first it was not a major problem, however; her mother started complaining about doing everything for the family. Another factor that led to the divorce was the stress connected with the difficulties in raising children. My best friend thought he played a role in their parents’ divorce. He thought that without them, their parents would not be having financial problems. In addition, their parents were always arguing about how they should raise them and the type of school they should attend. Since his mother had become the family breadwinner, she expected his father to help with household chores. The condition created conflict between his parents. His father, who was a conservative person, believed that house duties such as washing dishes should be done by females. I advised the friend to see a counselor because he was having trouble coping with the situation.
The rate of divorce is increasing because of the current social forces in the society. One of the social forces affecting rate of divorce includes poverty and inequality. The patterns of divorce in the country are usually influenced by economic factors (Conley, 2008). Most financially stable families have lower chances of divorcing in comparison to poor families. Studies show that 700000 fathers in divorced families are unable to pay for child support because most of them are either unemployed or they do not have