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New Jersey family law: The link between genetics and divorce

It has been said that children who are the products of divorced parents are more likely to end up getting divorced as well. This is something psychologists have long believed. Why? According to a recent study, it is not because of the environment in which they were raised. While there may be several factors as to why couples in New Jersey choose to end their marriages, each party can turn to his or her own family law attorney who can be there to get them through the process as smoothly as possible.

A study out of Sweden suggests that genetics, not environment, plays a big role in whether children of divorced parents will also get divorces later in life. Researchers looked at adoption cases and reviewed the marital histories of the kids' biological and adoptive parents. According to a recent report, there is sufficient evidence to suggest that genetics certainly has a significant impact on whether the children will end up getting divorced themselves.

According to the American Psychological Association, the divorce rate across the country is anywhere between 40 and 50 percent. These numbers are often the subject of debate, but no matter how one looks at it, the divorce rate is still fairly high. This means that there are a lot of children who are being both environmentally and biologically challenged by their parents' need to end their relationships.

At the end of the day, children will grow up and make their own decisions regarding marriage. Those in New Jersey who end up getting divorced, whether due to environmental, genetic or other factors, can seek assistance from a family law attorney. With the right help, the necessary steps can be taken so that each spouse can walk away with a fair and balanced settlement.

Source: The Sacramento Bee, "Does divorce run in the family? This new study says it might be in our DNA", Jared Gilmour, Oct. 5. 2017

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