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New study links divorce and commute time

When a couple faced a strained relationship, many factors may contribute to their unhappiness. For example, while financial or parenting disagreements are often two of the most common divorce issues, research regularly shows there may be more at play than common disagreements. In fact, a new study from the Umea University in Sweden shows a link between divorce and a rather unexpected part of many people's daily lives: time spent commuting.

According to the study, recently published in the "Urban Studies" journal, individuals who spend longer times commuting a more regularly divorce than those with short commute times. In order to come gather this data, the study began collecting data on married individuals or couples from 1995 through 2005. The study found that 14 percent of individuals who commute more than 45 minutes one way divorced in that time, while only 10 percent of those with shorter commutes had divorced in the same period.

However, there was some good news for those who commute: if a longer daily commute lasted for over five years, the rate of divorce was found to be only one percent higher than those who worked close to their homes. Also, those who had already had long commutes before their relationships began were less likely to divorce as well.

Whatever the reasons for a divorce, many of the issues are the same. Be it an emotional disconnection or a financial disagreement, divorce proceedings often deal with the same issues of property division and, in some cases, child support and custody. While it can be best to work through these difficult issues though mediation, if a contentious divorce proceeding cannot be avoided it can be in a divorcing person's best interest to seek out the assistance of an experienced family lawyer. Often times lawyers specializing in divorce are able to provide information which can help an individual make the choices best for them.

Source: Huffington Post, "Divorce Study Shows That Couples With Longer Commutes Are More Likely To Divorce," Aug. 13, 2013

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