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 October 27, 2017 |

With so many statistics flying around these days about how many marriages are likely to end up in divorce, Louisiana couples may already be reluctant to tie the knot. It is even more distressing to know that experts have identified a couple of factors that could increase the risk of a termination of marriage, including one’s genetic disposition.

According to a new study published in Psychological Science, divorce is more common in children of divorced parents, but this has more to do with nature rather than nurture. After studying thousands of adopted children, the researchers concluded the children’s marriage trends tend to follow that of their biological parents, not of their adoptive. This means while parents stress their divorce affects their children psychologically and focus on regulating their environment, kids could also be inheriting personality traits that could lead to issues down the line. For example, neuroticism and impulsivity could be inherited personality traits that are identified as high risk for divorces.

Another factor that affects marriages — the age the couple got married. Marrying too young or too old could increase the chances the couple does not remain together. Getting married in late teens or early twenties seems to increase the chances, but even waiting until mid thirties could contribute to increasing the risk if divorce.

The amount one spends on their wedding could also increase the risk of divorce-a 2015 study concluded that women whose weddings cost more than $20,000 were a surprisingly 3.5 times more likely to get divorced than women with weddings costing between $5,000 and $10,000. The people least likely to get divorced? The ones who spent less than $1,000 on their weddings.

The real reasons couples get divorced are numerous and the decision to end a marriage is never an easy one to make. A number of family law issues crop up in a divorce, such as alimony, child support and property division and an experienced attorney may be able to help individuals navigate their way through the process.

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