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Childhood conflict resolution lessons may impact divorce rates

There are many factors that might lead to the breakup of a relationship or a marriage. Some divorce attorneys might advise couples to proactively limit potential source of disagreement, such as finances. Couples that agree to keep certain assets separate, through prenuptial agreements or other contractual arrangements, might avoid heated discussions over those issues altogether.

Advance planning on other big issues, such as children and child-raising techniques, might also be discussed before marriage. In the event that couples do find that they have grown apart, such planning might help divorcing couples reduce their litigation costs through mechanisms like an uncontested divorce. A divorce attorney might explain this option, as well as ensuring that other issue areas -- such as equitable distribution of the marital estate, child support, or alimony -- are also addressed by the divorce decree.

Interestingly, a recent study found that the approach to conflict resolution that children in big families are exposed to might help them later in their own marriages. Specifically, researchers found that spouses who had many siblings might be less at risk of divorce, although many other variables might also be involved in the equation.

According to one sociologist, the social skills necessary for communicating in large families may also be useful in approaching marital disagreements. However, he cautions that a single study is far from definitive, and that most kids have ample opportunities for interactions -- and conflict resolutions -- in modern school and extracurricular environments. The scenario of an only child have little socialization experience in an isolated home environment might be a relic of the 1950s, to the extent it ever existed.

Source: usatoday.com, “Growing up with more siblings could reduce divorce risk,” Sharon Jayson, Aug. 13, 2013

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Childhood conflict resolution lessons may impact divorce rates | Peter A D'Angelo, Attorney at Law, PLC