The “Divorce Cycle”

Children of divorce universally say they want to make sure they don’t make the same mistake their parents did. Unfortunately, they’re far more likely than children of intact families to do just that.

A new book by family researcher Nicholas H. Wolfinger, Understanding the Divorce Cycle: How Parental Divorce Affects Offspring Marital Behavior, explores the challenges adult children face in forming stable families when they and/or their partner’s parents have divorced.

In addition to being more likely to divorce, children of divorce are more likely to marry as teenagers, more likely to cohabitate and marry another whose parents have divorced, and less likely to marry at all.

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