When Cajuns think of hurricane season, they automatically think about watching the news for weather reports and getting things shuttered before the storm hits. What many people don't realize is that their marriage might need just as much work as the house. This is because the divorce rate in areas hit by natural disasters tends to increase for a period after the storm.
It is difficult to think that you might have to worry about divorce in a time when you are trying to rebuild and recover from considerable damage. People who are south of I-10 might really have some work to do since this is the generalized area where flood insurance premiums are higher and the chance to considerable destruction is increased.
The financial challenges that come with a natural disaster like a hurricane can drive a wedge between some couples. This often comes when one party can't understand why sudden and dramatic changes in spending habits are necessary. Not only will you have to deal with the cost of damage to your property, you might also end up laid off or without a job if your employer has sustained damage to the company's assets.
According to Psychology Today, financial strain is a big cause of divorce. In order to work past this, you and your spouse need to sit down and plan out a budget that includes storm-related costs. Taking this honest look at the money matters might help you to work together as a team instead of being divided.
Another issue that might come up during the hurricane rebuilding phase is that there is a lot of hard and time-consuming work that has to be done. This can also strain the marriage, especially if one person feels like they are doing more of the work. In this case, it is best to come up with a plan that can help you to get things done as expeditiously as possible by drawing on the strengths of each person in the family.
Calling it quits
If you and your spouse have done everything you can to try to stick things out during this difficult time but simply can't make it work, ending the marriage might be in order. It isn't easy to see a marriage end, but you must ensure that you are thinking logically about protecting yourself if it comes to this. Explore the options available for property division, child custody and other aspects of the divorce so that you can plan your strategy early in the process.