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Study finds multiple factors lead to some divorces

Too much conflict, disagreements over religion and getting married too young may all be reasons that some couples in Texas get a divorce. The National Center for Biotechnology Information conducted a study of 52 people and asked what factors contributed to their divorce as well as whether the divorce was caused by multiple factors or whether there was one "final straw."

For example, while three-fourths of respondents said a lack of commitment was a factor in their divorce, infidelity was the last straw in the largest number of divorces. More than half of respondents cited infidelity as a factor, but nearly as many said an inability to resolve conflict was an issue. Some respondents said they had married too young while others said financial problems contributed to the divorce although it was not the main reason. Substance abuse was a last straw for 12 percent of participants and was a factor in one-third of divorces. Nearly 25 percent of respondents said domestic violence played a part.

For almost one-fifth of couples, health problems were an issue. While 17 percent struggled with a lack of family support, a different study found that divorce was actually more likely when the wife was close to the husband's family. Finally, not enough premarital counseling and religious differences were also factors in some divorces.

Property division, child custody, child support and alimony are all issues that may need to be resolved during the divorce with the help of an attorney. Problems that led to the divorce could make negotiating an agreement on some of these issues difficult. For example, couples who have had disagreements over one person's spending might argue about how to divide debt. Some of the factors, such as domestic abuse, could mean that one parent is hesitant to allow the child to spend time with the other parent.

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