The Wall Street Journal
interviewed a bunch of couples who are dealing with job loss from one or both partners. They found a few different things that these couples had in common. One of them is that when one spouse is stuck at home all day and the other is still in the workforce, the jobless begins to get a little clingy. So much of our identity is wrapped up in our jobs, that this isn't surprising. As a result, this can drive the working spouse nuts. All they want to do after a hard day's work is to relax and unwind, but instead they're given a mundane rundown of non-events. Of course, there's the obvious added stress of finances. This also leads many to start picking at eachother, saying things like "You're not trying hard enough to find a job."
As the article mentions, many of these same issues arise when couples retire. Perhaps going through these tough times now will teach lessons and better prepare couples for their later years. Are you going through a similiar thing in your marriage? Comment below.