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New Jersey residents could divorce because of divorced friends

It is a well-known fact that a person is influenced by their friends and family, but one's marriage could also be affected. Stress and everyday life can , over time, put a strain on a marriage in New Jersey, just like the rest of the world, but apparently the actions of a person's company can also affect the stability of the person's marriage. According to a recent study, if a close friend or family member of a person goes through a divorce, that person is more likely to end his or her marriage as well.

A group of researchers analyzed three decades of marriage, divorce and remarriage data from the residents of a city in the United States. The results of the research found that divorce could be contagious. If a friend, or even a friend of a friend, ended their marriage, it significantly increased the chance that a person would get a divorce.

The data showed that if a person's friend got a divorce, they were 75 percent more likely to end their own marriage. If a friend of a friend got a divorce, the person was still 33 percent more likely to get a divorce. This occurrence is classified by scientists as a "social contagion."

Though this study shows how likely it is a person will end their marriage, and under what circumstances, that does not make divorce any easier for New Jersey couples. Luckily, there are trained professionals who will gladly work diligently to ensure that compromises are made. When a compromise cannot be reached, however, there is still legal assistance available to help things flow as smoothly as possible.

Source: Pew Research Center, Is divorce contagious?, Rich Morin, Oct. 21, 2013

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