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Study Finds Half of Those Considering Divorce Change Their Mind Within a Year

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DuPage County divorce attorneysA new study from the University of Alberta and Brigham Young University has confirmed once again that divorce is not always an easy decision. Many individuals change their mind—often more than once—before finally deciding to pursue a divorce or stay in the marriage. During the study, 3,000 Americans were surveyed. About 25% of those surveyed reported that they had considered divorcing their spouse. The same group of people were surveyed one year later. Of those who had considered divorce, about half had changed their mind about divorce and were still with their spouse. Co-author of the study Adam Galovan said that “it isn’t uncommon to think about divorce; even if you think about it, it doesn’t mean you will end up there.”

How Considering Divorce Can Lead to a Stronger Relationship

When we think of couples who are considering divorce, we often assume the that relationship is doomed to fail. This is not always the case. Some couples who start talking about divorce begin to communicate more honestly. They are able to talk about the issues in the relationship in a way that they might not have before divorce was on the table. If the couples separate and one spouse moves out—or even just to a spare bedroom—it can be an eye-opener for both spouses. If a couple is considering divorce. there are obviously serious problems in the relationship. The problems could be infidelity, arguments about finances, disagreements about how to raise children, but that does not mean that the relationship should end.

Some Couples Cannot Reconcile Their Differences

A number of the couples in the survey did end up getting divorced within the year. This is evident of the general population. Thousands of individuals divorce in the United States every year, as their marriages have broken down beyond repair. Infidelity, physical or emotional abuse, deceit, lack of intimacy, unmet expectations, and having different priorities in life can all be problematic enough in a marriage to end it.

Some marriages, especially those with couples who married very young, end because the couple was hasty to get married in the first place. They may not have been ready for the responsibility and commitment marriage takes. They may not have known exactly what they wanted and needed from a relationship.

We Can Help

If you are a considering getting a divorce, you need a lawyer who is compassionate and knowledgeable. An experienced DuPage County divorce attorney can help you through the process and make the decisions that are right for you and your family. Call 630-352-2240 for a free confidential consultation at Pesce Law Group, P.C. today.


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