As chronicled in this recent article, the trauma of Hurricane Katrina may well have played a role in an increased divorce rate for Katrina survivors and refugees. While the weather may not have caused divorces, the tragedy experienced by many people may have caused them to re-evaluate their lives and marriages.
In some ways, this is not surprising. We have all heard the stories of couples that have divorced after the death of a child, the death of a loved one or another traumatic event unrelated to the marriage.
In the end, these stories reinforce the complexity of our psyches and our marriages. Few married couples in New Orleans would have suspected that a tropical depression that started off the coast of West Africa could have ultimately played a role in their divorce.