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Factors that influence New Hampshire couples' divorce decisions

When couples marry, they do so with the intention that they will spend the rest of their lives together. However, it is difficult to predict how an individual will change over the years and whether a couple will remain compatible. Many in New Hampshire begin questioning their marriages and exploring the possibility of divorce. Researchers recently conducted a study to better understand this process.

The study involved 3,000 people from across the country. Ages of participants ranged from 25 to 50 and involved questions about their thought processes regarding divorce. Of the participants, approximately 25 percent indicated that they had considered divorce recently. Of those respondents, 30 were asked additional questions.

Based on responses, researchers were able to identify four major factors that often influence a couple's decision to divorce. For those with children, concerns about their children's well-being play major roles. Children were a motivating factor for some to stay married, while, for others, concern over children's well-being was a motivating factor for divorce.

Another factor considered is a person's happiness -- for some, happiness was dependent on a spouse's mood or attitude. Finances also play a large role. Some people considering divorce worry about how they will maintain their lifestyles if forced to live on only one income. The fourth factor involves love. In some cases, a person might be willing to stay in a struggling marriage if he or she has feelings of love.

All of these are important factors. The decision to divorce likely never comes without a great deal of consideration. However, for many in New Hampshire, the decision to end their marriages was the best one for them, often creating happier lives not only for themselves but also for their children.

Source:, "The "Big Four" Factors in Americans' Divorce Decisions", Kelly M. Roberts, Payton Birlew, Steve M. Harris and Sarah M. Allen, May 17, 2016

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