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thinking about divorce, divorce study, Illinois divorce lawyerFor many married couples, divorce is a dirty word. The mere mention of it can lead individuals to begin fearing that the end of their marriage is imminent. Even just thinking about divorce can feel dangerous to many, as they begin to question their ability to fix whatever problems they may be experiencing. A recent study suggests that the opposite might, in fact, be true, and that giving some thought to divorce can actually improve a couple’s marriage.

Thousands Surveyed

Funded by Brigham Young University in Utah, and conducted by researchers from six different universities including BYU, the study surveyed 3,000 married individuals between the ages of 25 and 55 from around the United States. The results indicated that more than half of married people have had thoughts about divorce, either recently or in the past. Most of the thoughts were described by researchers as more “soft” than “serious,” and that a large number of those who think about divorce want to work on the marriage.

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.

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