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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.

Geneva family law attorney, marriage trends, postnuptial agreements, prenuptial agreements, postnupStudies have shown that financial problems continue to be one of the main causes of divorce. When looking at marriage as a contract, financial matters are automatically an issue. A majority of people are familiar with prenuptial agreements and their focus on protecting assets when entering into a marriage, but fewer may be as familiar with the actions of a postnuptial agreement.

A postnuptial agreement is as it sounds. It is a contract between a married couple and is created after the time of a wedding. Either type of agreement may address the following:

  • Assets;
  • Liabilities;
  • Income;
  • Ownership of property or residence;
  • Treatment of inheritances or trusts; and
  • Alimony details or spousal support.

According to a CNN.com article, postnuptial agreements are starting to increase in popularity. Over half of the attorneys surveyed by the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers reported an increase of postnups over a five-year period. There are several reasons experts point to as reason couples might choose this route, but one main factor is to determine how to handle finances in the future. The creation of a postnup does not mean an impending divorce. But in many cases, it is the prevention of one.

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stresses of divorce, Geneva divorce attorney, marriage dissolution, marriage trends, reduce stress, accelerated heart rates, reduce tension, divorce and stress, manage stressNew York Magazine recently published an article revealing a study that analyzed the top reasons for divorce. Although it is a common assumption that financial problems are the biggest factor when it comes to the dissolution of a marriage, the top five main causes listed were:

  • Infidelity;
  • Incompatibility;
  • Drinking or drug use;
  • The couple grew apart; and
  • Personality problems.

Any one of these issues can be the source of high amounts of stress for either person involved whether or not it results in divorce. Divorce is not typically a hasty decision. There are often arguments, discussions, and feelings of anxiety, anger, and sadness that lead up to the decision, which take an emotional toll on the body.

The divorce process can take several months, and the level of stress that is commonly associated with it is not healthy. Stress can be a culprit of other symptoms impacting a person’s health. It can lead to migraines, accelerated heart rates, feelings of depression, and other physical health problems negatively affecting a person’s blood pressure and immune response.

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:

Geneva divorce attorney, marriage trends, reason for divorce, reduce divorce rate, siblings may reduce divorce rate, sibling survey, siblings and divorceA nationwide study, reported by The Huffington Post and conducted by Ohio State University, may encourage you to take a moment and thank your siblings for the success of your marriage. In fact, the study’s co-authors, Doug Downey, Donna Bobbitt-Zeher, and Joseph Merry, concluded that having multiple siblings can greatly reduce your risk of divorce.

The research trio, who analyzed compiled data of the General Social Survey, documented  57,000 personal participant interviews spanning the United States from 1972 through 2012. The data provided an informed consensus that for each sibling up to seven, the risk of divorce among siblings decreased by at least 2 percent per sibling.

For additional siblings over the cut-off point of seven, the concluding data did not provide any concrete evidence that the risk further declined—although the additional sibling count did not alter the data either.

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