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The role of genetics in divorce

On Behalf of | Jun 25, 2018 | Divorce, Firm News |

The odds that a Nebraska resident gets a divorce could be influenced by genetics. This is the conclusion of a study conducted by the American Association of Psychology. The study looked at 20,000 children and compared their rate of divorce with their biological and adoptive parents. It found that 20 percent of children divorced if their biological parents had also ended a marriage.

This was the case no matter what type of relationship a child had with the adoptive parent. However, researchers cautioned that children could also be influenced by what they see their parents doing. For instance, they may get into a certain line of work because it’s what their parents did. External factors might also play a role in the type of life that a person lives.

Furthermore, it’s important to note that there is a difference between genetic influence and an event being predetermined. In other words, even if a person has a genetic disposition toward divorce, it doesn’t mean that their marriage is doomed to failure. In some cases, a marriage could end because a relationship wasn’t working based on traits or characteristics a partner had. Generally speaking, individuals are advised to leave a toxic relationship if they aren’t happy.

Divorce may have an impact on a child as well as the parents involved. Therefore, it’s a good idea to develop a parenting plan that takes the child’s needs into account. An attorney may be able to help an individual create a plan that allows a child to have a relationship with both parents. Custodial parents could also receive child support and a larger share of marital property in the divorce settlement.