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Why do those with divorced parents get divorced more often?

Many studies have come to the same conclusion: If your parents ended up getting divorced, the odds are higher than you will, too. This doesn't mean there are not examples that don't fit this model or that every person with divorced parents won't have a life-long marriage. But the studies simply show that it's move likely. Why does this happen?

It's hard to know for sure, but there are three main reasons that have been considered. First off, people whose parents stay together may look at marriage as something that should not end, no matter what, and they'll stay together longer because of this mindset. Those who have seen divorce are more likely to consider it an option and think about it when things get tough -- or even when they're going well.

Next, some have speculated that being in a stable family unit helps people develop relationship skills. They can then use these in their own marriages. Having divorced parents may keep them from picking up these skills.

Finally, some believe that people often model their lives after their parents' lives, whether they like to admit it or not. They may then wind up with the same end results as their parents from building the same types of relationships.

At the end of the day, though, the fact is that divorce remains common, even for those whose parents stayed together. Predictions can be made, but there are always those who buck the trend -- from the two people with divorced parents who marry happily for life to the couple with married parents who decide they have to break it off. No matter the reason for the split, it's important that you know what legal rights you have, especially went considering things such as child custody, child support payments, and the like.


Source: Psychology Today, "Are Children of Divorce Doomed to Fail?," Renée Peltz Dennison, accessed Oct. 11, 2016

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