What does science say about divorce being contagious?

If you have friends who have divorced in New Mexico, it would seem there is no reason to think that your marriage may be in danger. According to the Chicago Tribune, a large study found that divorce can be contagious between friends for many different reasons.

The study was completed by researchers from Harvard University, Brown University and the University of California at San Diego. Results show that if you have a friend of a friend who divorces, you may be 33% more likely to get divorced and if a close friend divorces, you are 75% more likely to seek your own divorce. This may be because watching a friend go through the process can inform you of possibilities you had not thought of previously. Once one couple starts it, friends start to assess their own lives and consider they may be able to find happiness elsewhere.

Another factor can be that when couples are divorcing, they tend to speak to their friends with complaints about their spouse. Once they start, the other friends may chime in and start complaining about their own spouses, making problems that were minimal before seem much larger now.

After a divorce, many people go through a temporary high where they feel light and free. This can be deceiving to those who are still fighting for their marriage. The recently divorced person may have new friends or start a new relationship that seems exciting from the outside, leading married friends to believe the grass is greener on the other side.

It is suggested that couples spend 16 hours of undivided attention with each other each week, and six of those should be outside the home. It can be difficult to find the time and energy to carve out time for your spouse. If you and your spouse are ready to end your marriage, it does not have to be complicated and tense. A good family law attorney can help simplify the process with a quick, effective solution.

This is for educational purposes and should not be interpreted as legal advice.

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