National Marriage Week kicks off Monday with some good news: more people are keeping their marriage vows during the recession

A new survey reveals that 38 percent of couples who were considering divorce or separation have now put aside those plans as a result of the recession, according to the National Marriage Project at University of Virginia.

Though researchers could not estimate the number of marriages that dissolved as a result of the economic downturn, they noted, “It appears that some, at least, have been saved for now.”

Churches, pro-family groups and faith-based organizations are being mobilized this week to draw attention to the need to strengthen marriage and to start new efforts to reduce the divorce rate.

National Marriage Week, the brainchild of Richard Kane who started it in the United Kingdom in 1996, is an annual initiative observed in the lead up to Valentine’s Day.

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