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Do genetics contribute to divorce?

Genetics and environment make a person who he or she is. A recent study suggested, however, that genetics trumps environment when it comes to divorce. According to the study, those in New York or elsewhere who choose to end their marriages may do so because they are hardwired to do so.

Researchers at a noted university collaborated with a team in Sweden to look at the effects of divorce on adopted children. The marriage histories of their adoptive and biological parents were looked into to see if environmental or biological factors contributed to their own divorces. After analyzing the situations of over 82,000 adopted individuals, it was found that there was sufficient evidence that adoptees follow in the footsteps of their biological parents rather than their adoptive parents.

According to the study results, approximately 52 percent of the males involved in the research had similar marriage histories to their biological parents. Now, the study also suggested that environment certainly can play a role in whether a child will get divorced later in life. However, evidence supported that genetics plays a bigger role.

Why does this matter? Sometimes, divorce seems to run in families. By considering genetics, the help couples receive before opting to end their marriages may be different.

Whether because of genetics or environment, when a couple opts to end their marriage, they can get assistance in doing so. Each party can turn to an experienced divorce attorney who will be able to walk them through the process and help them achieve settlements that are in compliance with the laws of New York. While the dissolution process is not always easy, with the right assistance it can be completed as swiftly and smoothly as possible.

Source: medicalnewstoday.com, "Our decision to divorce may be genetic", Ana Sandoui, Oct. 8, 2017

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