Research indicates link between genetics and divorce

Sometimes getting divorced in Massachusetts is unavoidable if two spouses cannot resolve their differences. However, recent research shows that the tendency to get a divorce runs in people’s genes. This may offer some solace for those wondering why they could not prevent their marital breakups from happening.

Researchers in the study compared the divorce rates of adopted children and their parents. About 20,000 children took part in the study. The study showed that children whose biological parents had gotten divorced were more than 20 percent more likely to get divorced, too. Meanwhile, the impact of having adoptive parents who had gotten divorced appeared to be nonexistent.

The researchers emphasized that a divorce gene does not exist. However, the study clearly demonstrated that marital breakups are correlated to genetics. In fact, it is possible that genetics play an even bigger role than one’s childhood environment does in one’s chances of getting divorced.

Whatever the reason for a divorce is, a divorce can understandably be a tough process both emotionally and financially. This is true no matter how long two people in Massachusetts have been married. However, if two divorcing spouses can find common ground at the negotiation table, they may be able to reach a mutually satisfactory settlement agreement, without court intrusion. If not, they will have to depend on a judge to decide for them how their assets will be split and how alimony will be handled, for example. In either situation, an attorney can provide a spouse with the guidance needed to pursue the most personally favorable outcome for the client.

Source:, “New study finds genes are more important than environment for predicting divorce“, Dan Kopf March, March 23, 2018