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Are children of divorce more likely to get a divorce themselves?

Families of all kinds experience divorce. It happens to people in New Jersey regardless of age, race or socioeconomic status. However, there are certain factors that can make it more likely that a marriage will not last. One of the things that can increase the chance of divorce is whether each spouse's parents were also divorced. Though experts have always suspected a connection between a parent's divorce and the adult child's, there is now scientific research to back this claim.

One sociologist has been examining this idea since the 1990s. His research concluded that people who come from divorced families have a higher rate of marrying people who also come from divorced families. These couples, where both spouses have divorced parents, are then significantly more likely to get divorced themselves. There are a few theories as to why this is the case.

First, researchers think that people from divorced families don't learn as much about being in a committed relationship. These people may have difficulty resolving issues after a fight occurs. Another theory is that there may be a small genetic component. If a person has a less amenable personality, that is often partially due to genetics and can therefore be passed on to children. People who are less cooperative by nature may be more likely to get divorced.

Even if some people have a decreased chance of divorce, it doesn't mean that those actually end their marriages have failed in some way. Rather, divorce can be an important part of a person's overall well-being. Those here in New Jersey who are considering getting a divorce may want to speak with a family law attorney who knows how difficult the process can sometimes be and who will work toward an agreement that is fair.

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