06 July 2010
Divorce 'can spread between groups of people'
Individuals may be more likely to get a legal separation from their spouse if others around them have done the same thing, it has been claimed.
According to a study conducted by a team in the US, there is a domino effect when it comes to divorce, the Daily Mail reports.
They found that a person's own chances of parting with a husband or wife rises by around 75 per cent if an immediate friend or colleage splits up with a partner.
Meanwhile, the breakup of a friend-of-a-friend's marriage increases people's likelihood of divorce by a third.
In addition, knowing lots of people who separate can mean couples have a greater risk of parting ways.
Research leader Dr Rose McDermott remarked: "A person's tendency to divorce depends not just on his friend's divorce status, but also extends to his friend's friend."
Recently, the Times reported Office for National Statistics data which showed the divorce rate among Brits is "dropping sharply" in each age group apart from the over 60s.
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