Way back in 1986, the National Institutes of Health funded a study of 373 couples aged 25 to 37. Now, in 2012, the study has found 46 per cent of the couples had chosen to divorce. Interestingly however, a significant 71 per cent had found happiness with new partners and 44 per cent had gone on to re-marry.  But what had they learned?

Looking back on divorce

Of those divorced couples, 15 per cent said they could have given their partner more affective affirmation or shows of affection. Additionally, the frequency that a spouse displayed love or made the other person feel good appeared to be significant factors. Making life interesting or exciting and giving a partner more encouragement to have their own ideas and ways of doing things, were also cited as important. Unsurprisingly, the findings showed that when a partner didn’t show their spouse love and affection the couple was twice as likely to get divorced.

In some cases, there were additional reasons why the marriage broke down. Some couples referred to having trouble letting go of anger or sadness and grief about the past, or holding on to jealousies over previous relationships.

Money and divorce

It has been cited before as a divisive topic, but again, the study’s findings showed that 49 per cent of divorcees in the study revealed money was the top area of conflict in the marriage. Interestingly,  6 out of 10 who began a new relationship stated that they had chosen not to combine finances.

Lifting communication barriers

Many of the couples cited that not talking to their partner or sharing things with each other proved to just store up future problems. However, the study also highlighted that 41 per cent of the couples said they would communicate differently in a new relationship having learned lessons from the past.


Divorce Increasing In The Middle East

Date: February 8th, 2013 - Written by: Brookman Solicitors

Consistent with the last several years of figures, it appears that divorce is continuing to increase in areas such as the UAE, Iraq and Saudi Arabia. Many are reporting that there are social changes going on beneath this trend, especially between husbands and wives. Wives in particular have become more independent over recent years, both… Read the full article

5 Wedding Traditions From Around The World

Date: February 5th, 2013 - Written by: Brookman Solicitors

Most people are brought up to understand the traditions of marriages and weddings. But do we know the wedding traditions of other countries?  Here are five international marriage and wedding traditions from around the world that you might not be familiar with: The ribbon pull: in some western cultures the bride will toss her bouquet… Read the full article

A Formula For Divorce Settlements?

Date: January 31st, 2013 - Written by: Brookman Solicitors

Is it possible to calculate a divorce settlement using a mathematical formula?  This is the approach that is used in Canada and is currently being reviewed by The Law Commission as part of wider Government reforms of divorce law for England and Wales. If adopted, this new system which is being labelled the ‘cookie cutter’… Read the full article

3 Pointers For Choosing The Right Divorce Solicitor

Date: January 4th, 2013 - Written by: Brookman Solicitors

For most people who divorce, finding and choosing a divorce solicitor will be a task they conduct once in their lives. Clearly it’s an important task, and choosing the right solicitor will have a direct impact on how the divorce is handled and what the outcome might be. We have therefore suggested three pointers to consider… Read the full article

Chinese Government Unintentionally Incentivizes Divorce

Date: December 21st, 2012 - Written by: Brookman Solicitors

Every now and again, governments introduce policies with the intention of addressing one issue, but inadvertently end up creating another. A case in point is the government for China’s southwest Guizhou Province.  Here, a policy has been introduced in an attempt to curb the ongoing problem of illegal housing construction.  In particular, the government is… Read the full article

Marriage – A Mix Of The Modern & Traditional

Date: December 17th, 2012 - Written by: Brookman Solicitors

It has been reported many times before that the ‘traditions of marriage are dead’.  Whilst there is no doubt that marriage has changed over the years – in society and in law – perhaps ‘dead’ is a little too strong a word. What is clear, is that some of the old views toward marriage are… Read the full article

Can You Insure Against Divorce? A New Type Of Policy Is Launched In China.

Date: December 11th, 2012 - Written by: Brookman Solicitors

Insurance is a common part of our lives.  From our homes to our health to our wealth, we can insure against the worst happening.  But in China, where insurance companies have found policy income dropping in recent months, a new insurance product has been introduced: marriage insurance. The purpose of marriage insurance is to compensate… Read the full article

Divorce In Denmark: From Speed Dating To Speed Divorce?

Date: December 6th, 2012 - Written by: Brookman Solicitors

Speed dating has become a common and relatively efficient way to shortlist potential new partners.  But in Denmark, it appears that this fast-paced approach to finding a partner, could soon extend to couples working with their divorce solicitors to fast forward through their divorce. In essence, the Danish Government has introduced a proposal that will… Read the full article

Divorce: looking back and looking forward

Date: December 3rd, 2012 - Written by: Brookman Solicitors

Way back in 1986, the National Institutes of Health funded a study of 373 couples aged 25 to 37. Now, in 2012, the study has found 46 per cent of the couples had chosen to divorce. Interestingly however, a significant 71 per cent had found happiness with new partners and 44 per cent had gone… Read the full article

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