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Heavy Social Media Use Linked to Divorce Rates

April 14th, 2015 at 6:30 pm

social media, divorce rate, Illinois divorce lawyerCould your constant Facebook posting, Twitter use, and other social media posting be cause for concern in your marriage? A new study says it can and shows a correlation between social media use and divorce. The cause for divorce is not the use of social media, but rather those who use social media more than those who do not are more likely to get a divorce.

The researchers compared data collected about married couples from 2008 through 2010 with data from a 2011 study of married couples. The growth of Facebook and other social media sites were found to be correlated to the rise in divorce rates during the same time periods.

According to Boston University’s director of the Division of Emerging Media Studies, James E. Katz, “the apparent association between the use of Facebook and other social networking sites and divorce and marital unhappiness in the United States raises troubling questions not only about how we use these tools, but how their use affects marriage.”

Stopping the Social Media Use Conflict

When it comes to social media use and marriage, if someone is unhappy in their marriage, it is easy to see why they may turn to social media and become immersed in social media. They make connections on Facebook, Twitter, or other social media sites. The friends they have on those sites are supportive and listen. They can give encouragement and lend a virtual shoulder to cry on.

Turning to those virtual friends, which sometimes leads to real-life friendships, does not always help mend the problems in the marriage. It can turn into an serious problem, though. Spending more time on social media and interacting on social media sites may have characteristics similar to other behaviors that may cause marital conflict. Continual heavy usage of social media and not communicating with your spouse may lead to divorce.

If your spouse is spending more time on social media sites than they are communicating with you, you may start feeling resentful and unhappy in your marriage. If you are considering filing for divorce, you should speak with an experienced Chicago divorce attorney. Anderson & Associates, P.C. assists clients in Illinois from one of our five offices, conveniently located in Chicago, Schaumburg, Wheaton, Northbrook, and Orland Park.

Study Finds Lower Divorce Rate for Doctors, Medical Professionals

March 12th, 2015 at 7:00 am

divorce rate, divorce among doctors, Illinois Family Law AttorneyA career in the medical field presents a large number of both professional and personal challenges. Doctors, nurses, and healthcare administrators often spend long hours focused on the needs of the patients in their care. Considering the demanding schedule and the high-stress environment in which many medical professionals work, it is not unusual for family life to be directly affected. In fact, it would be reasonable to assume that the strain a healthcare career can place on a marriage might, overall, lead to a higher divorce rate. A new study, however, seems to suggest that such an assumption would be wrong.

A team of researchers led by Dr. Dan Ly, medical resident at Massachusetts General Hospital, released its findings last month in a report published in the journal BMJ. “It’s been speculated that doctors are more likely to be divorced than other professionals because of the long hours they keep and the stress associated with the job,” senior author of the study, Anupam Jena, M.D, said in a statement, “but no large-scale study has ever investigated whether that is true.”

Dr. Jena, a physician at Mass General and assistant professor at Harvard Medical School, found that the idea that physicians are likely to divorce is prevalent even among doctors themselves. To find out, the team examined data taken from the American Community Survey, an ongoing demographic survey conducted the U.S. Census Bureau. The research looked at more than 6.5 million individuals, including a quarter million doctors, dentists, nurses, pharmacists, and healthcare executives.

Controlling for age and income, the team discovered that physicians divorce at a rate of about 24 percent, second-lowest among the studied groups. Pharmacists enjoy the lowest rate at 23 percent, while dentists have a 25 percent likelihood of divorce. Executives and nurses were slightly higher at 31 percent and 33 percent, respectively, but all of the  healthcare professionals were found less likely to divorce than non-healthcare workers, who carry a 35 percent divorce rate.

The findings also indicated that a female doctor was much more likely to divorce than a male doctor, especially if she worked more than 40 hours per week. Dr. Jena speculated the gender disparity may be rooted in the common expectations placed on women in regard to work and family balance. “Females traditionally bear more of the household and child-rearing responsibilities on average, and female physicians, if they have to do both that and maintain a job as a physician, that could lead to a lot stress and lead to higher rates of divorce,” he said.

Doctors and medical professionals, Dr. Jena concluded, should not worry about a high rate of divorce due to job-related stress. Female doctors, however, should be aware of the impact that balancing work and family life may be having on their relationships.

Whether you are a doctor, nurse, or dentist, or if your job is completely unrelated to healthcare, divorce can be a challenging process. With many decisions to make and factors to consider, a qualified divorce attorney can provide the help you deserve. Contact the experienced Illinois family law attorneys at Anderson & Associates, P.C. today. We have offices conveniently located in downtown Chicago, Schaumburg, Wheaton, Orland, Park, and Northbrook to meet your legal needs.

Research Supports Millennials Prefer to Wait Out Marriage

February 26th, 2015 at 9:51 am

waiting on marriage, Illinois family law attorneyIt has been reported that the millennial generation is gaining ground as the emergent consumer demographic in the United States. However, this generation is also redefining societal views on marriage and divorce. With cross-checked data between the American Community Surveys and the 2000 U.S. Census report, millennials are waiting longer to tie the knot or opting to forgo matrimonial vows all together, adding credence to a changing marital tide.

A recent working paper, published by the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER), an American nonprofit research organization, presents data supporting the millennial non-marital movement. Although NBER research found that couples who opt for marriage generally are happier and face life-hardships together to avoid divorce, the research also supports the millennial train of thought in waiting for marriage.

It appears that research across the pond is also producing similar conclusions. NBER researchers reviewed similar data derived from over 1,000 British couples. The data, cross-checked with The United Kingdom’s Annual Population Survey, the British Household Panel Survey, and Gallop World, produced similar findings similar to the NBER review. In the British findings, however, another interesting trend emerged.

By opting to ward off marriage until a later age, or not at all, the British research concluded that if both partners consider their significant other as their best friend that they are happier. There is, in fact, no real rush to tie the knot and non-traditional living arrangements can reap the same benefits as a happy civil union.

In a divorce torn American society, perhaps millennials are on to something. NBER study co-author and University of British Columbia economics professor John Helliwell believes they are. As told to The New York Times, Helliwell suggests that perhaps it is time to rethink the importance placed upon the institution of marriage and rely more on friendship and compassion as the foundation for a successful relationship.

Additional surveys are also arriving at the same conclusion. A 2012 publication, Reexamining the Case for Marriage: Union Formation and Changes in Well-Being from the National Council on Family Relations®, supports that those couples opting to delay marriage evoked a higher level of self-esteem and were generally happier than their married counterparts. However, the study did also reveal that, married or unmarried, if both relationship statuses were based on a foundation of trust and friendship, their levels of a sense of well-being were raised.

If you are revisiting your marital situation because you or your spouse is considering moving on with life, or if you are in need of a cohabitation agreement to protect your assets with your unmarried partner, an experienced Chicago, IL family law attorney at Anderson & Associates, P.C. can help. Our lawyers can meet with you to personally address any legal questions you may have. We have five offices throughout the area: downtown Chicago, Schaumburg, Wheaton, and Northbrook.

Divorcees End Up Dating Other Divorcees

May 12th, 2013 at 9:04 am

The high divorce rates in the U.S. make it pretty likely that if you’re divorced and dating, your date is probably divorced as well. According to the Chicago Tribune, “relationship experts don’t necessarily see problems with dating someone who has been divorced more than once, but it depends on the circumstances.” Casually dating someone who has had multiple marriages likely means that there’s no issue, psychologist Holly Parker told the Tribune, “but if you want to progress to a committed relationship, there’s more to think about, she says.” Parker notes that the if the person has been married three or four times, it’s important to question whether he or she has taken responsibility for his or her part in the marriage’s failure. Divorcees End Up Dating Other Divorcees IMAGE

Research does suggest, according to the Tribune, “that people who marry multiple times are more likely (than people who do not marry multiple times) to have personality traits and issues with emotional health that make it difficult to maintain satisfying, long-term relationships.” Even if you’re not looking for a long-term commitment, oftentimes a person who has been married several times might not be the most fun person to pass your time with, according to Parker.

According to a 2011 report issued by the U.S. Census Bureau, 55 percent of people 15 and older had been married once, and 15 percent had married more than once. That included 12 percent who had married twice, and 3 percent who had married three or four times. Only 1 percent of currently married couples “consisted of a husband and wife who had both been married three or more times.”

If you or someone you know is considering divorce, don’t go through it alone. A qualified divorce lawyer can help you in all stages of the complicated process. Contact a dedicated Chicago area family law attorney today.

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