Could Divorce Be Genetic?


Could Divorce Be Genetic?


A recent study carried out by researchers at Virginia Commonwealth University and Lund University (Sweden) is sending shockwaves throughout the country about previously held beliefs on leading causes of divorce.

While previous thinking held that children of divorced parents were sometimes more likely to themselves eventually get divorced, the new study suggests that genetics (!) may play at least an equal role.

We’ll talk about it in this issue.

The Study at a Glance

According to lead author, Dr. Jessica Salvatore, researchers began their study trying to answer this question: Why does divorce (seem) to run in families?

As they poured over data from the Swedish national registry, they discovered “consistent evidence” that genetic markers explained – at least partially – the frequency of divorce through generations.

Specifically, researchers found that offspring who were adopted more closely resembled their biological – or birth – parents rather than their adoptive parents.

In-depth summaries of the research can be found in the journal Psychological Science.

Why is this important?

Study authors say the research is particularly important in times of marriage counseling. For example, a therapist’s efforts to work on partner’s commitment or interpersonal skills may be missing the mark.

What may be more successful is for the therapist to hone in on specific personality traits and family history.

No matter the cause for your divorce, make sure all of your interests are protected by talking with a men’s divorce lawyer in San Diego.

While studies like this indeed make for interesting reading, no two divorce cases – including the leading causes – are exactly alike. What you and your spouse or partner are experiencing is unique to your situation.

One thing we can guarantee, however, is that you will be positioned for the best possible outcome when you’re represented by a men’s divorce lawyer specializing in men’s issues.

For more information, call us here at The Men’s Legal Center. Our number is (619) 234-3838; you can also reach us via email.


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