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What does DNA have to do with same-sex divorce?

Genes -- ever think about the role they play in one's life? Do they do more than determine what a person looks like? According to a recent study, one's DNA actually does matter when it comes to making important life decisions. The example in the study has to do with divorce. So, what exactly does DNA have to do with same\-sex divorce, and divorce in general, in Massachusetts and elsewhere?

Most people believe that environment is the biggest contributing factor to one getting divorced later in life. When children grow up with divorced parents, that is what they see, that is what they know. While there certainly is some evidence that points to this being true, it is not the full story.

According to a study conducted by a well-known university in the United States in cooperation with one in Sweden, genetics plays a bigger role in whether one will get divorced than previously thought. The study looked at the divorce histories of over 82,000 adopted individuals. It also looked at the histories of both their biological and adoptive parents. The evidence suggested that those whose biological parents got divorced were more likely to get divorced than those whose adoptive parents ended their marriages.

Is there a divorce gene, then? It certainly seems to be the case. At the end of the day, though, it doesn't really matter if a traditional or same-sex divorce happens due to genetics or environment. When a couple is ready to say their goodbyes, all that matters is that each party walks away from the marriage with a fair and balanced settlement that meets the standards set forth by the state of Massachusetts. This can be accomplished with the assistance of an experienced divorce law attorney.

Source:, "Our decision to divorce may be genetic", Ana Sandoui, Oct. 8, 2017

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