Divorce Is 'Contagious'
Best friend's break-up boosts your odds 75%
By Caroline Miller, Newser Staff
Posted Jul 6, 2010 7:48 AM CDT
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(Newser) – Friends of Al and Tipper, watch out. Divorce spreads like a disease, researchers say, among friends, families, and co-workers. If your best friend's marriage goes belly up, the chances of yours ending goes up 75%, scientists at Brown University say after analyzing data from a study of 12,000 Americans living in Framingham, Mass., since 1948. And what they call "divorce clustering" even extends to friends of friends; if they split up, your chances go up by a third.

"These results go beyond previous work intimating a person-to-person effect to suggest a person-to-person-to-person effect," one of the researchers tells the Daily Mail. Why the contagion? They hypothesize that a friend's break-up causes a couple to start questioning their own relationship, and that it reduces the social stigma of splitting up. The researchers also noted that contrary to conventional wisdom, having children does not reduce the risk of divorce.

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JGirl
Jul 6, 2010 7:04 PM CDT
how about if you enter into the marriage contract for twenty years only? the details of who gets what could be prearranged. this would be the person you chose to raise children with...or not if you choose not to have kids, then after that 20 yrs you can review and see if you'd like to stay together longer. if not, no harm no foul you just end it and move on. the second marriage would be the person you actually want to watch get all old and wrinkly and will still be there wrinkling along side them.
Snarfeh
Jul 6, 2010 5:20 PM CDT
A sweet-as-honey marriage poem I found on the internets: We pledge to each other to be loving friends and partners in marriage. To talk and to listen, to trust and appreciate one another; to respect and cherish each other's uniqueness; and to support, comfort and strengthen each other through life's joys and sorrows. We promise to share hopes, thoughts and dreams as we build our lives together. May our lives be ever intertwined, our love keeping us together. We will build a home that is compassionate to all, full of respect and honor for others and each other. May our home be forever filled with peace, happiness and love. And my addendum to it: UNTIL boredom, lack of sexual attraction to each other, growing apart, coming out of the closet, affairs, drugs and/or politics do us part...
plstyle
Jul 6, 2010 12:47 PM CDT
If they were truly happy, this wouldn't of happened. Once it happened, if they had faith, this divorce wouldn't of happened. They had none of this so what are they left with? The same thing you have, so lets leave these people alone already.