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The Answers to These Two Questions can Predict Divorce Risks

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

In an interesting study, researchers at the University Of Virginia focused on how couples answer two different questions about their happiness after divorce. The first question asked each individual person how happy they believed they would be if they were to separate or divorce, while in the next question they were asked how happy they believed that their partner would be in the event of a separation or divorce.

How the individuals answered these questions and the differences in the perception of each other’s happiness, proved to be significant predictors of their divorce risks.

The individuals were asked to rate on a scale of 1 to 5 their potential happiness after divorce, as well as their partner's potential happiness after divorce. The researchers found that over six years, 7% of the couples ended up getting divorced. Couples, in which both the spouses admitted that they would be worse off if they were divorced or separated, had a lower divorce rate than the study's average. The divorce rate in the study was 4.8%. Couples who admitted that they would be happier if they got divorced were much more likely to end up getting divorced over the course of the study.

However, when it came to the questions about their partners’ happiness, the results got more interesting. Couples, who incorrectly perceived that their partner would be less happy in the event of a divorce were found to be actually more likely to get divorced. The spouses who had extremely incorrect perceptions about their partner’s reaction to the divorce ended up having a much higher divorce risk. The divorce rate for such couples was approximately 12%, much higher than the average for the study.

That seems to conclude that incorrect perceptions of your partner’s happiness in your marriage are a fairly reliable indicator of your divorce risk.

Speak to a Los Angeles divorce lawyer about securing your rights and interests during a divorce.