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Geneva family law attorneyHave you been thinking about filing for divorce? Has it been nagging at you with a feeling of inevitability that you cannot shake? If so, you are not alone. Most people who eventually decide to get a divorce do so only after months—sometimes years—of painful deliberation and waiting for the right time. This means that, at any given time, there are probably thousands of unhappy spouses thinking about ending their marriages throughout the country. Interestingly, many of them will wait to make their ultimate decision until after a holiday season, leading to the development of two rather distinct divorce seasons each year.

Semiannual Spikes

Researchers from the University of Washington examined divorce filings in Washington state for nearly a decade and a half, from 2001 to 2015. The research team discovered that there was an unmistakable increase in divorce filings each year in the months of March and August. The team presented their findings at the annual meeting of the American Sociological Association last month and suggested that the spike in filings in these months may be the result of a “domestic ritual” calendar that affects family behavior.

divorce trends, Illinois family law attorney, Kane County Divorce Attorney, marital bliss, marital happiness, marital quality, marriage trends, prior divorceAsk a dozen people what they believe to be important to a happy marriage, and the answers will likely include trust, love, fidelity and communication. There is little doubt that such characteristics truly do contribute to the health of a marital relationship, and the marriages that lack them are likely to end in divorce. However, recent studies seem to have identified a number of other, sometimes surprising, impacts to a happy marriage.

Scott Stanley and Galena Rhoades, researchers at the University of Denver, recently conducted a Relationship Development Study which included more than 400 individuals.  All of the participants were single at the beginning and each had gotten married by the conclusion of the conclusion of the research five years later. Stanley and Rhoades collected information regarding lifestyles, choices, and behavior prior to the marriage, as well as data concerning marital happiness, communication, and thoughts of divorce after the marriage.

What the study found, is that “What happens in Vegas doesn't stay in Vegas, so to speak,” as the research team stated. “Our past experiences, especially when it comes to love, sex, and children, are linked to our future marital quality.” Relatively higher numbers of previous sexual partners seemed to predict a lower level of happiness in the marriage, as did a prior divorce or cohabitation. Children from a previous relationship also appeared to negatively impact marital quality.

divorce risk, divorce trends, Geneva family law attorney, marriage trends, spouse age difference, chance of divorceA new study has concluded what many people have suspected—and snickered about— for some time. Those May/December romances just do not work out in the long term, and the bigger the age gap, the higher the chance is for divorce.

Researchers from the University of Atlanta conducted a study, in which they surveyed 3,000 people. The participants were either married or divorced over the past five years and were asked questions pertaining to their marriage. Questions included duration of the marriage, and how long they dated their spouse, and the length of their engagement. The study was titled, "’A Diamond is Forever’ and Other Fairy Tales: The Relationship between Wedding Expenses and Marriage Duration."

Randal Olson, a fourth-year computer science graduate research assistant at Michigan State University, analyzed the data from that study and found the age gap correlation. According to Olson’s findings, the age gap breakdown exhibited the following:

decoding smiles, divorce rates, divorce trends, Kane County Divorce Attorney, qualified divorce attorney, yearbook photos, your marital futureThe traditional yearbook, which requires the snapping of photo frozen in time, versus the instant gratification of connecting with a friend online, may actually capture more than originally thought. It may be an indicator of one's personal future, predicting marital happiness or the probability of divorce.

Matthew Hertenstein, professor of psychology at DePauw University, has spent time dusting off hardcopy yearbooks to document a correlation between the art of smiling and the likelihood of hopeful students who may seek the services of a qualified divorce attorney in the future. Hertenstein conveys that those who smiled the least in comparison to those who freely flashed a grin were five times more likely to experience a divorce at some point in their lives. Although the professor’s research may appear a bit “cheesey,” he believed marital status could be defined by the intensity of a smile.

This research was not a groundbreaking concept. As far back as 1860, French scientist, Guillaume Duchenne began studying the mechanics of smiling by using electrical currents to stimulate the facial muscles responsible for evoking a smile. Duchenne’s research exploration gave way to the “Duchenne Smile,” giving rise to FACS (Facial Action Coding System). This coding system now categorizes 3,000 varying facial expressions defined by the exact muscle combination needed to produce them.

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divorce trends, family law legal services, Geneva divorce attorney, romance left your marriage, romantic loveOne of the biggest complaints that married couples have—and often one of the major reasons for divorce—is that too often, the romance has left the marriage. Many of the romantic interactions between the couple during their courtship and newlywed years seem to disappear over time. And now a new study has revealed that the longer a couple is together, the less likely they are to tell each other “I love you.”

The study surveyed 2,072 adults who were in committed relationships. The age of these relationships ranged from just a few months all the way to 50 years. As one would expect, couples who were in fairly new relationships (two to five years) shared “I love you” with their partner on a daily basis.

But as the relationship length increased, the frequency of the L-word decreased. By the time a couple reached the 10 year mark, only one-third of them told their partner they loved them on a daily basis. And for those couples who had reached the 50 year mark, the percentage dropped to under 20.

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