Originally Posted by Rarechild
I live in the States, and I'm sure your financial stuation complicates things, but I could a divorce from my husband inside two weeks for under a thousand dollars.
"under a thousand dollars" is still a boatload of money. The statistics I've heard say many Americans have to make a monthly decision between paying the power bill and buying groceries.
Living in a separate house? If a single mother of 2 children under 5 can only get a minimum-wage job, her wages won't even cover proper child care... let alone housing, food, clothes, utilities, and transportation.
I'm not saying that staying in a loveless marriage full of fighting and misery is the "right choice" ... I'm just saying, there are so many factors to consider. I can see how for many people, it would seem like the "only choice."