Divorce Lawyers in Chandler AZ Explains Drinking and Divorce
Couples decide to get divorced for many reasons in Arizona and throughout the United States. There are many behaviors spouses site in their divorce filings as the reason for the divorce, and a new study suggests that a couple’s drinking behavior could increase the chances of divorce in the future.
The study found that the risk of divorce is higher for couples where one spouse is a heavy drinker and the other spouse is not. Couples where both spouses are heavy drinkers do not have a higher risk of divorce, according to the study.
The study reported that among the couples studied, almost 50 percent of the couples with only one heavy drinker were divorced during the first nine years of marriage. The researchers classified heavy drinking as having six or more alcoholic drinks at a time or drinking until you are intoxicated. Among couples where both spouses were heavy drinkers or both spouses were not, the divorce rate was 30 percent.
The researchers said that it appears that couples who have different drinking behaviors have a higher risk for divorce compared to couples who drink more alcohol. The researchers said that couples who have different drinking habits are more likely to be dissatisfied with their marriage and are more likely to separate or get divorced.
Drinking habits could lead to more strain on a couple’s marriage so it is not surprising that a difference in drinking habits may increase the risk of divorce. This study is also an example of the way a spouse’s behavior can lead to divorce and heavy drinking is not the only behavior that leads to divorce.
Many different behaviors can lead to divorce, including a difference in parenting styles, money management skills and even how friendly spouses are with other people. Regardless of the reason for the divorce, couples in Arizona have several considerations to make during the divorce process and should become familiar with the state’s laws on property division and child custody and support obligations if they have children.
Contact Our Divorce Lawyers in Chandler AZ
If you find drinking is becoming a problem, our divorce attorneys can help. Call the Law Offices of Janice M. Palmer, P.C. at (480) 820-4771 or toll-free at (888) 352-7725 for a consultation.
Source: HealthDay News, “Heavy Drinking Can Dry Up a Marriage If One Spouse Abstains,” Nov. 29, 2013