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Higher rates of divorce for the religiously conservative

It is common for an individual's upbringing to shape who they become. People often hold and maintain the values they grew up with. For some couples in Massachusetts, components such as religion, political party and education philosophy will shape the couple's marriage. It is these facets that could also affect the relationship and the end of a marriage.

When it comes to divorce, a recent report focused on various characteristics possessed by couples that might help explain why the relationship could not thrive or last. The study focused on conservative families and marriages that occurred in the Bible belt, which are usually conservative states. The study determined that those that were religiously conservative, specifically Protestant, were more likely to divorce than their non-Protestant counterparts.

The control for this study was poverty. Lower income did attribute to high divorce rates. The southern Bible belt has a higher rate of poor married couples. In addition, there is a lower rate of unmarried couples that cohabitate. This is commonly seen in more liberal and progressive areas.

A major finding in the study was the strong correlation between high divorce rates and early marriages among the poor religiously conservative. The religiously conservative states of Alabama and Arkansas have the second and third highest divorce rates in the nation. Massachusetts and New Jersey have the lowest rates in the nation.

The study found that lower educational attainment, low incomes and those involved in conservative religious groups are at a higher risk of divorce. Getting married young because cohabitation is not greatly accepted also causes some couples to bypass education so they can enter the workforce in order to afford marriage and a family.

These values, although positive for some, create economic difficulties. In addition, couples that marry too soon might soon realize that they are not right for one another. This could lead to serious disputes and eventually the dissolution of their marriage.

The end of a marriage is often an emotional and difficult time for those involved as well as their loved ones. Dealing with the hardships of a failed marriage can further complicate the situation. Those seeking to file for divorce should understand their options so they can take appropriate steps and protect their interests.

Source: The Raw Story, "Study: Conservative protestants more likely to divorce, raise divorce rates for neighbors," George Chidi, Jan. 18, 2014

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