As the home of many colleges and universities, Massachusetts clearly promotes education as a worthy goal. Financing an education with loans, however, increasingly burdens people and adds to financial stress within their marriages. Money problems have long been known to lead to divorce, but the prevalence of student loans has emerged as a specific type of financial hardship that erodes long-term relationships.
Some Massachusetts residents who are getting a divorce may need to find a new health insurance plan if they are covered on a spouse's employer-sponsored policy. COBRA is one option that can extend the coverage for up to three years, but it can also be expensive since the person will have to start paying the employer's share. It is also not a long-term solution.