MORE than 80pc of couples suffering poor relationships are affected by financial problems, experts believe, writes Nick Bramhill.
Therapists say eight out of 10 couples turning to them for help to save their marriages have cited mounting debt as a factor driving them apart.
Tony Moore, a counsellor with Relationships Ireland, said: "Financial pressures are affecting about 80pc of couples we see, and this is putting a huge strain on relationships.
"Many people are not just concerned about their debt – they're worried about how they will get through the next month because they've no spare cash."
Mr Moore also said that, as a result of the recession, far more men were taking the initiative to call therapists.
He explained: "Most calls we get are from women, but there's been a gradual increase in the number of men who make first contact."
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