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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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DuPage County divorce lawyersA recent study conducted by a University of Maryland sociology professor, using data from the United States Census Bureau, found that divorce rates have been dropping steadily since 2008. In fact, in the eight-year period between 2008 and 2016, divorce rates have dropped an incredible 18%, nationwide. Yet, in all reality, the declining divorce rate has more to do with a smaller married population than an increase in healthier marriages. It is important to remember that removing yourself from an unhealthy marriage is almost always the best option for you and your family.

Millennials Are Not Marrying Young

Today’s young adult population has seemingly learned from the mistakes of their elders. Millennials are overwhelmingly electing to wait to get married until they are older, a decision that is directly leading to a declining divorce rate nationwide. In past generations, like the “Baby Boomers”, many American couples would marry at a  young age, have children, get divorced, and remarry. Millennials, it seems, are less inclined to marry before they are absolutely ready to do so.

According to the study mentioned above, the declining divorce rate is less about healthier marriages and more about couples from Generation X, as well as millennial couples, refusing to settle into marriages prematurely. The newest generation of young adults have proven to be more inclined to ensure that they are financially comfortable, finished with their academic careers, and firmly entrenched in a stable career path before tying the knot.

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With nearly one million divorces occurring in America each year, one would think that the stigma surrounding the decision to end a marriage had dissipated-or, at the very least, waned over the years. Unfortunately, recent studies indicate that nothing could be further from the truth. In some cases, this could deter some couples from pursuing divorce, despite knowing that it is in their best interest. In the worst of circumstances, the fear of becoming an outcast and lack of support could keep victims in a dangerous marriage. Then, of course, there are those who do go through with divorce and must pick up the pieces alone. Suffice it to say that, the effects of this stigma can be detrimental to society.

Stigma Affects the Religious and Non-Religious Alike

Initially, it would make more sense to assume that the stigma surrounding divorce would only affect those who are religiously affiliated. However, a study on 11 female participants found that even non-religious individuals feel the effects of divorce stigmas. These women, who are often met with a higher social expectation to marry and have children, reported feelings of failure. They admitted to being fearful of talking to their family, friends, and co-workers about the divorce, for fear that they might face judgement for the "failure" of their marriage.

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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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