Are Children of Divorced Parents More Likely to Divorce?

Posted on January 02, 2018 04:57pm
Are Children of Divorced Parents More Likely to Divorce?

It’s been said that children of divorced parents are more likely to get divorced because they did not see an example of a successful marriage in their own household.

Children are impressionable, that is certain. The biggest concern of most divorcing parents is if their children will be negatively affected by their decision. Children usually are impacted by divorce, in one way or another, but whether or not this experience makes them more likely to divorce themselves is another matter entirely. Could other factors be at play?

One study, conducted by researchers from Virginia Commonwealth University and Sweden’s Lund University studied if children were likely to follow in the footsteps of their parents. This study, which was published in the Journal of Psychological Science, gathered data from roughly 20,000 Swedish adults who were adopted as children. The data showed that more of these children grew up to follow the paths of their biological parents rather than their adoptive parents.

The study suggests that certain genetic traits may be prevalent in causing divorce. For example, if that adopted child had inherited certain neurotic behaviors from his divorced biological parents, he would be more likely to get a divorce, despite being raised in a home with two happily married adoptive parents.

However, this is not proof that the biological children of divorced parents will inevitably get divorced. This scientific study looks only at statistics and data, not familial dynamics and relationships. Each individual is different, and divorce occurs for a number of reasons, some of which have little to do with genetically inherited personality traits. The important thing is to handle your divorce to the best of your ability and always see to it that your children’s needs are a top priority.

If you need help with your divorce, our family law attorneys are here to help. Contact McKinley Irvin at our Oregon office to discuss your case with our attorneys.

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