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Does divorce have an impact on adult children’s marriages?

by | Apr 20, 2020 | Divorce

There’s an old adage that says the fruit doesn’t fall far from the tree. But can the same be said about divorce? Are New Jersey adult children that come from parents who divorce more likely to end up divorcing as well? Experts have found that although that is sometimes the case, there are also cases in which the opposite is true — adult children often look at their parents’ relationships and vow never to make those mistakes themselves.

Researchers have been chronicling children of divorce for years. It’s true that there is a connection between parents’ and their children’s divorces. It seems, too, that children who come from divorce are more likely to marry a partner who has also experienced divorce. Research has also shown that divorce has a genetic component, but only relating to character traits that may be untenable in a marriage.

The fact is, however, that the likelihood of children getting divorced because their parents did has lessened over the years. It could be because divorce has become more commonplace and the stigma attached to it has also abated. Also, some of the reasons for which people get divorced today are different from those years ago and many people choose not to simply stay in a relationship which has lost its meaning.

Whatever familial background an individual comes from, if he or she is in a marriage that is no longer working, the decision might be made to divorce. In this case, it’s likely the best way to move forward is to seek independent advice from an experienced New Jersey attorney. A lawyer may be able to offer a client advice and guidance on the first things that should be done when considering divorce as an option.