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Children of divorce may be more likely to split up

On Behalf of | Apr 28, 2022 | Divorce |

If your parents got a divorce when you were a child, you might think of it at times during your own marriage. You may wonder if there will eventually be a point where you will also get divorced, whether or not you have children of your own.

If you have considered this, there is a reason for it. Studies have found that the odds that someone will get divorced are impacted by whether or not their parents were divorced. In short, if your parents decided to end their marriage, then this increases the odds that you will one day make the same decision.

Why does this happen?

It feels like your parents’ relationship should have no impact on your own, but there are a lot of ways that their decisions help to shape who you are as a person. For instance, it may just be more likely that you would reasonably consider divorce if you thought it was the best move for your future, whereas someone else – even if they feel like they are trapped in an unhappy marriage – may not consider getting divorced simply because they never saw their parents do the same thing.

You may also have seen the problems in your parents’ marriage before they split up. Maybe there was a lot of conflict and stress in the household. If you see some of these same things creeping into your own marriage, you may not want to replicate those mistakes. This could cause you to be quicker to seek a divorce because you want to take steps to rectify things and create the life that you want to live.

If you do decide to get a divorce, take the time to carefully consider what legal steps you’ll need to take.