Corretta and Sean, a couple from California, are also making some unexpected financial adjustments. Corretta, the former breadwinner, is now at home with the kids after losing her six-figure income.

Before getting laid off, Corretta says her marriage was strong. "It seems that once I was laid off and I wasn't able to find another job, the communication [in] our marriage went out the door," she says. "We started bickering and arguing, and it seemed like a real resentment started setting in."

Corretta says she always expected Sean to be her biggest support system and says the changes in her marriage have taken her by surprise. "I was under the impression that money problems would bring us together—not pull us apart, which it's been doing," she says. "When money was good, it seemed like we were a great team and we could conquer anything together."


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