Pacheco Perez P.A.

From Marriage to Divorce: For Many, the Seven Year Itch Rings True

The Seven Year Itch was a play written in 1952 that was later turned into a movie starring Marilyn Monroe. In the movie, Monroe -- a young single woman -- moves into an apartment building and becomes the focal point of interest for another resident, a man who becomes obsessed with her while his wife and son are off for the summer.

Over the decades, the title has become ensconced in the media and as a term sometimes used by psychologists and family therapists as a mantra for when marriage often loses luster for many couples. Although the expression is often used loosely, data from the Census Bureau might give it a bit of solid credence going forward. The median time from marriage to divorce in the United States, say bureau researchers, is right around the seven-year mark.

Bottom line: Stresses build. They are broad-based -- kids, finances, careers, aging family members, differences concerning friends, hobbies and vacations -- and take a few years to manifest. Some couples work them out.

Some don't and, after dealing with them for a few years, separate and sometimes divorce. Often, that process takes seven to eight years.

"[It] is rarely the case of a happily married person who discovers after seven years that Marilyn Monroe has just moved in downstairs," says one sociology and public policy professor.

Another person focused on the seven-year reference-- a family counselor -- says that issues unrelated to a couple's relationship often close in on them and become overwhelming.

"What ends up happening is that there's not enough romance," he says, adding that, "Sometimes, it's a miracle they last seven years."

Related Resource: Boston Globe, "The magic number when magic's gone" July 29, 2011

No Comments

Leave a comment
Comment Information

Do You Have A Legal Question?

Bold labels are required.

Contact Information

The use of the Internet or this form for communication with the firm or any individual member of the firm does not establish an attorney-client relationship. Confidential or time-sensitive information should not be sent through this form.


Privacy Policy

Email Us For A Response
Google map
footer brand

2121 S. Douglas Road
Suite 200
Miami, FL 33145

Toll Free: 888-544-1366
Phone: 305-742-0063
Fax: 305-442-2639
Miami Law Office Map