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Does a strong support network influence the decision to divorce?

On Behalf of | Feb 20, 2021 | Divorce

Countless factors can make a Texas couple more likely to file for divorce. Sometimes they find it easier to get divorced because they don’t have kids. Other times, they both have steady jobs and aren’t financially dependent on their marriage. However, a study has revealed that your support network might have a surprisingly large influence on your divorce.

Does having a support network influence your decision to divorce?

In a recent study, a researcher analyzed data collected from over 7,000 couples in the 1990s. The findings showed that people with a strong support network were more likely to file for divorce. Surprisingly, a strong support network was the only factor in the study that seemed to increase the risk of divorce.

The researcher suggested that having a strong support network might take time away from you and your spouse. If you rely on your friends and relatives for emotional support, you might not form a close connection with your spouse. As a result, you might find yourself calling a divorce attorney when you think that your marriage is on the rocks.

However, the researcher also suggested that people with a strong support system might be more likely to divorce because they’re less worried about being alone. If you don’t have any close friends or relatives in your life, you might be hesitant to leave your spouse. You might also not have anyone who can tell you if you’re in a bad relationship. Conversely, if you have close friends and relatives in your life, you know that you’ll have people to support you at any stage of life.

Are you thinking about filing for divorce?

If you’re thinking about filing for divorce, it doesn’t mean that you and your spouse are bad people. Sometimes, your marriage might have simply run its course. Instead of launching an exhausting legal battle, you and your spouse could end your marriage through the process of mediation.

An attorney could guide you through the mediation process. You’ll sit down with your spouse and talk about your issues, then figure out where you can compromise.