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Are Children of Divorce More Likely To Go Through a Divorce of Their Own?

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There have been many psychological studies done on how divorce impacts children. Because of the increasing rate of divorce, it's not uncommon these days for one or both partners in a marriage to come from a family of divorced parents. But does a child of divorced parents have more difficulties in romantic relationships or even in a marriage?

CNN reports that Nicholas Wolfinger, a professor of family and consumer studies at the University of Utah, says that divorce is more likely when there has already been a divorce within the family. The professor states that the risk of divorce is 50 percent higher when one spouse comes from a divorced home, and a 200 percent higher risk when both spouses have divorced parents. He also told CNN that children of divorce are 50 percent more likely to marry another child of divorce.

Other marriage experts disagree with Nicholas Wolfinger's theory and believe that children of a divorce can use their knowledge and experience of family break ups to strengthen a relationship and prevent a divorce. Helen Fisher, an anthropologist and dating expert at, told CNN that children of divorced parents might be more likely to spot a troubled partner and avoid harmful relationships.

The answers to how divorce affects children in the long run is still somewhat of a mystery. Many couples that are thinking about divorcing often have legal questions about what will happen to their kids in the case of a separation. There are many Texas family law attorneys in the Houston area that can assess your case and try to answer these types of questions. Attorneys can also provide information on child support and child custody.

Related Resources:

  • Divorce: Easing the Strain on Children (FindLaw)
  • Find a Houston Family Law Attorney (FindLaw)
  • Reaction of Children to Divorce (FindLaw's Bookshelf)

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