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Indiana University
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Friday, October 28, 2011

Divorced Couples Often Willing to Reconcile


There is a surprising level of interest in reconciliation among couples with children involved in the divorce process, something no research had examined before, according to a new study done by University of Minnesota researcher Bill Doherty in collaboration with Hennepin County District Court Judge Bruce Peterson.

The study, "Interest in Marital Reconciliation Among Divorcing Parents," was published recently in Family Court Review, the leading academic journal for professionals who work in family courts. This is the first time data has been gathered on divorcing parents' interest in reconciliation. In the study, nearly 2,500 divorcing parents were surveyed about reconciliation after taking a required parenting class.

About one of four individual parents indicated some belief that their marriage could still be saved with hard work, and about one in nine couples believed both partners did, says Doherty, family social science professor in the university's College of Education and Human Development.

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Most spouses do not want to divorce. Divorce is difficult, complicated, and above all else its scary. The fact that research now shows a 'strong desire' amongst spouses to 'work things out' does not surprise me in the least.

Posted by: Tulsa Divorce Lawyer | Oct 28, 2011 6:17:58 AM

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