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Subpar education, religious differences contribute to divorce

Research shows that the divorce rate is decreasing throughout the United States, including Texas. However, divorce is still inevitable in many situations and for a variety of reasons. Here is a glimpse at a couple of factors that, according to researchers, are contributing to divorce today: inadequate premarital education and differences in religion.

A lack of premarital education combined with religious differences have been shown to contribute to more than 13 percent of divorces. In a recent survey, the couples who participated in a program aimed at teaching them conflict and resolution and communication skills felt that the training still was not adequate. Specifically, one couple mentioned that although premarital counseling does teach couples how to deal with conflict, it does not discuss the various phases that married people experience over time.

When it comes to religious differences, nearly 70 percent of married individuals reported in a recent survey that they have the same belief systems. Meanwhile, people in interfaith marriages appear to be less happy compared with couples who share the same faith. As a result, couples who have religious differences have a greater chance of getting divorced compared with their same-faith counterparts.

No matter what may contribute to a couple’s divorce, the reality is that divorce is not an easy process to endure either emotionally or financially. Fortunately, an attorney in Texas can provide a divorcing spouse with the guidance needed to deal with matters such as child custody, property division and alimony. The attorney will work to protect the client’s rights while focused on achieving a fair and comprehensive settlement.