At one time or another, we have all wondered: What is the key component to ensure longevity in a marriage? A recent research study reveals some interesting information about the nature of in-law relationships and divorce. Establishing a meaningful relationship with your in-laws may play a significant role in whether your marriage will succeed or be at risk for divorce.
A Husband’s Relationship with His In-Laws May be the Secret for a Successful Marriage
A professor at the University of Michigan’s Institute for Social Research conducted a study in which reviewing more than 370 married couples over a 26-year period beginning with the first year of their marriage. The study began in 1986 and the results will be published shortly in the Family Relations journal. The researcher found that couples are 20 percent less likely to divorce if a husband has a close relationship with his wife’s parents. Conversely, when a wife has a close relationship with her husband’s parents, the couple’s are 20 percent more likely to end their marriage with a divorce.
The researcher believes the findings show the differences between how men and women value and approach their relationships. Men see their primary role as the provider for their families and don’t give much attention to the actions or activities of their in-laws. They don’t take things personally so their meddling does not affect how he feels about the marriage. In addition, when a man demonstrates closeness towards his in-laws, his wife interprets this to mean that he truly cares for her and her parents and will reinforce trust and confidence in the relationship. These marriages are more likely to succeed.
On the other hand, while women may value having an intimate relationship with their in-laws, they may consider this closeness a form of intrusiveness or meddling into their roles of wife and mother. Any advice or input from a woman’s in-laws may be misconstrued as criticism on how she is performing as a spouse or mother. This may eventually cause a breakdown in the relationship between the spouses.
While a divorce may be the final choice for couples for a variety of reasons, this study shows just one aspect of why some marriages may fail. For those that head down the path of separation and divorce, it is important to have a strong divorce attorney on your side to help support you through the often long and difficult process. It is imperative to make sure your children, your interests and your assets are protected by an experienced, knowledgeable divorce lawyer.
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