It’s a bad economy, so don’t leave that bad marriage

If you're thinking of getting a divorce, you might want to consider other options. It's just not a good time to pack up and leave.

The recession and economic turmoil is creating a new class of
casualties: married couples who can't afford to get divorced. In these
tough times, many people are finding it's cheaper to stay together,
even when they can't stand each other. [Link]

Yes, living with that spouse that you've grown to love hate is better than living in an old crate. Especially if you can find ways to live together, but stay apart.

Here are just a few of the possibilities:

1. Live in the shed. It might get a little cold in there, but at least you won't be breathing the same air as you-know-who. You can always go to the house if you need to use the bathroom, raid the fridge or make sure your spouse hasn't set fire to your sports memorabilia.

2. Live in the car. A Kansas man has been doing it for almost a decade and it seems to be working for him, but only because he was smart enough to get a long extension cord for the TV. If you've got a big car, such as a Chevy Suburban, you can even have the kids over on weekends. Just don't let any of them sleep in your emergency bathroom (also known as the trunk).

3. Live in the basement. Basements are pretty good places to live, even if it seems like yet another example of your spouse putting you down. You don't need to use an extension cord to watch TV and, with all the pipes going down there, you can keep tabs on how often your spouse uses the bathroom. What's the point in splitting the water bill 50:50 when you haven't taken a shower since the last recession?

4. Live in the spare bedroom. This is probably the second-last resort, because it would be hard for you to enjoy much privacy. But if you have your own bathroom and a separate entrance, it could work out quite well, especially if the bedroom is big enough to store all the empty Domino's Pizza boxes.

5. Live in the same bedroom. This might seem like a nightmare scenario, but there are ways to make it work. For example, your spouse could sleep on the bed and you could sleep under it. Sleeping on top may seem like an advantage, but in the middle of the night, when the snoring gets too loud, who do you think can make the best use of a needle?


If you enjoyed this piece, you'll love Melvin's novel Bala Takes the Plunge, available in North America through and You can also find it at major bookstores in India and Sri Lanka or online at FlipKart, IndiaPlaza, FriendsofBooks or other sites. A number of readers have written reviews of the novel. An excerpt of the novel can be read here.

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