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Every year, thousands of Americans elect to pursue a divorce. For many, a divorce can represent a new opportunity for love and life. An individual or couple can reach the decision to separate for a number of reasons. Below we will explore some of the most common reasons for divorce. If you are considering a divorce, it is critical you speak with an experienced legal team that can help you navigate the divorce process. 

Top Reasons for Divorce

Divorce rates vary according to state and city. With a 21 ½ percent divorced adult population, East Alton near St. Louis is the divorce capital of Illinois. A recent study published in Couple Family Psychology looked at why most American couples pursue a divorce. 

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Lombard divorce attorneyA recent scientific study concluded that the divorce rate has been steadily rising over the past four decades. The study, which was published by a pair of sociologists at the University of California at Irvine, analyzed divorce statistics from 1970 to 2008 in countries from around the world, including India, Russia, and a number of Scandinavian nations, and it found that the divorce rate in most countries is primarily dictated by economic and religious factors. With more and more couples around the globe considering a separation, it is fascinating to look at the factors that are contributing to the steady rise in divorce. 

Primary Factors in Divorce Trends 

After conducting the four-decade study on divorce rates within 83 different countries, the results were clear: the divorce rate is rising in countries with increased economic development. This may be attributed to a variety of reasons, including:

  • Women in the Workforce: In the vast majority of countries with high divorce rates, the study concluded that these nations had generally high numbers of women in the workforce. Having the ability to maintain a full-time job and financially support themselves provides women with the freedom to leave a toxic or unhealthy relationship. Unfortunately, many people elect to stay in loveless marriages due to the financial insecurity of independent life. 
  • Higher Gross Incomes and Education Rates: After conducting their research, the two UCI sociologists were interested to find that the countries with higher divorce rates have higher gross incomes and generally higher education rates. The divorce process can be a costly procedure, and it is clear to see that there is a correlation between higher average incomes and higher divorce rates. It is also interesting to note that the nations with high divorce rates have many people attend some form of secondary education. 
  • Lessening Religious Pressure: Another fascinating aspect of the study was the role that religion seems to play in divorce rates. In countries in which a large portion of the population practices Catholicism, such as Italy, the divorce rate was consistently low. It is also notable that predominantly Muslim countries had relatively low rates of divorce. However, the pressures to stay in an unhealthy relationship can come with some unfortunate ramifications, so couples should be aware of their options for ending their marriage.  

Contact a Wheaton Family Law Attorney 

At the Stogsdill Law Firm, P.C., our legal team is experienced in helping clients navigate the divorce process. A divorce can represent a new opportunity for independence and happiness, but divorces can also be incredibly complicated and emotionally difficult. After decades of operation within the state of Illinois, our team is confident in our ability to assist you with issues such as child custody, property division, and other aspects of your divorce settlement. To schedule a meeting with a knowledgeable DuPage County divorce attorney, call us today at 630-462-9500. 

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Wedding season is officially upon us, and couples are in the final stages of planning. They are getting that last fitting done, perfecting the guest list, double-checking with the caterer - but how many are working on a prenuptial agreement? More importantly, should they? After all, prenuptials are just for couples with millions of dollars . . . right?

Prenuptial Agreements Are Not Just for "Rich" People

Despite the stigma surrounding prenuptial agreements, they are not solely for the excessively wealthy. In fact, any couple can craft and execute a prenuptial agreement, and there are many reasons they might want to. If, for example, they have children from a previous marriage, they may want to ensure that their divorce settlement is set aside for them, should their current marriage end in divorce. Alternatively, if one spouse has a high earning potential - say a promising business or career path - but not a lot of money at the start of their marriage, a prenuptial agreement might be appropriate. Then there are those that simply want to define how money will be spent in their marriage, and how assets will be treated, should they ever divorce.

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Several factors can influence whether or not a couple will eventually divorce. Education level, income bracket, and the presence of condescension or defensiveness in a marriage have all been studied and examined. Now, a new potential factor-a woman's oxytocin levels-is receiving attention. Surprisingly enough, researchers say they have uncovered a possible link.

What is Oxytocin?

Otherwise known as the "love hormone," oxytocin is thought to play a crucial role in bonding, sexual pleasure, lactation, and social interaction. In fact, higher levels of this hormone are released into the mother's blood stream after birth so that she may bond and breastfeed. The American Psychological Association believes this hormone may also play a role in marital bonds, including whether or not a couple manages to weather the first few years of child rearing.

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