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Study suggests divorce may be genetic in nature

Divorce can occur for any number of reasons, but many times people claim that they have fallen out of love with their partner. Whether this falling out is evidenced by other issues, such as infidelity or withdrawal from one another, varies from couple-to-couple. California residents will be surprised to learn that one recent study suggests that this falling out may not be case. Instead, the study suggests, divorce may be genetic.

Although many assume that children of divorced parents grow up to divorce because their view on relationships is skewed, researchers at Virginia Commonwealth University, in conjunction with researchers at Lund University, suggest that divorce may actually be engrained in some individuals' DNA. The conclusion was reached after researchers compared the history of divorce amongst adopted individuals when compared to their biological parents and adoptive parents. The researchers found that those adopted individuals were more likely to have divorce-related behaviors similar to their biological parents. This suggests to researchers that genetics play a greater role than the environment in which these individuals were raised.

Some experts suggest that this information could lead to changed views on how to approach divorce issues. For example, therapists, instead of addressing interpersonal communication skills and commitment during their sessions with divorcing individuals, can turn toward other coping mechanisms. Just how therapists would go about approaching divorce as a genetic issue has yet to be seen. In reality, it's unlikely that the professional approach will change, as there is no further studies corroborating the suggestion that divorce is genetically related.

Regardless of what gives rise to divorce, the fact remains that it continues to occur. Those who find themselves amongst a marriage dissolution will probably face serious family law issues, the outcomes of which could reshape their lives post-divorce. For this reason, it is critical that these individuals consider the best way to position themselves for a favorable divorce process that leaves them as well-suited and secure moving forward.

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