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College degree provides some protection from divorce

People who have a college degree may have a slight advantage over those who don’t in terms of career and job placement, but this education level can also affect the potential for these individuals to get divorced.

Investigators from the National Center for Family and Marriage Research (NCFMR) at Bowling Green State University discovered evidence that a college degree may have a slight protective effect against divorce, according to Psych Central.

Though there were slightly less college-educated individuals who got divorced, the statistics were not definitive in determining that a diploma acted as any type of preventative measure.

“Contrary to the notion that women with a college degree face the lowest chances of divorce, those without a high school degree actually have similar low odds of divorce,” Susan Brown, co-director for NCFMR, told Pysch Today. “The relationship between education and divorce is not straightforward.”

This lack of solid evidence showed that divorce is something that can happen to all individuals, regardless of race, creed, education level or social standing.

The NCFMR is dedicated to identifying marriage trends through research projects and studies on family structure, according to the organization’s website.

Census shows highest marriage and divorce rates found in South West

States in the South and West have the highest rates for both marriage and divorce, according to data from the U.S. Census, The Associated Press reports.

The American average was 19.1 weddings performed per 1,000 men and 17.6 per 1,000 women, while the average divorce rate was 9.2 per 1,000 men and 9.7 per 1,000 women. In the South and West, divorce rates were at approximately 10 per 1,000, while marriage rates were over 19 per 1,000.

By state, Maine, Alaska, Oklahoma, Kentucky and Nevada had the highest rates of divorce, while New Jersey, Connecticut, Massachusetts and New York had the lowest divorce rates. North Dakota was one of the top states in marriages while also maintaining lower than average divorce rates.

According to CNN, youth and lack of education may be behind higher divorce rates in some regions of the country. In addition, values about premarital sex prominent in some rural communities could lead to early marriages, when spouses have less income, education and experience to support their unions.

Conversations between parents and teachers could be nixed from child custody cases

A new law proposed in Wisconsin would keep all communication between parents and teachers from being used in child custody cases, the Superior Telegram reports.

Written and verbal communications between a parent and a child’s teacher would no longer be permissible in court during custody battles, which will hopefully lead to a trusting relationship between teachers and parents, according to Jim Steineke, the Kaukauna Republican behind the bill. The only exception would be in cases regarding neglect or abuse.

Parents aren’t the only ones who will feel safer to communicate under this proposed legislation. Teachers will also be more free to communicate without fear of getting dragged into court over something they had discussed with a parent.

Some in the state argue that the bill may not even be necessary, stating that teachers are often not particularly useful in custody cases.

According to the New Jersey State Bar Foundation, educators must often act like mental health professionals. It is important that teachers understand the emotional impact divorce has on children. Teachers must also be able to recognize symptoms in students indicating their families are changing.

Divorces and marriages less common says study

According to a study by the National Marriage Project at the University of Virginia, divorce and separation rates have dropped for highly educated and the least educated Americans, while they are somewhat more likely for the moderately educated.

From the 1970s to the 1990s, divorce or separation within the first 10 years of marriage for highly educated people dropped from 15 percent to 11 percent, while the least educated population saw this rate decline from 46 percent to 36 percent. This figure slightly increased for the moderately educated, from 36 percent to 37 percent.

However, the National Marriage Project also found that Americans have also become less likely to marry from 1970 to 2009. In that time span, the number of annual marriages per 1,000 unmarried adult women fell approximately 50 percent. Researchers found that the growing acceptance and occurrence of unmarried cohabitation has lead to many non-marital unions rather than marriage.

Susan Reimer, a columnist for the Baltimore Sun, warns that these statistics don’t mean that every relationship is safe. She advises couples must be aware of how to remedy a partnership when the going gets tough.

“Realize there is no gold standard for marriage,” author Iris Krasnow told Reimer. “I saw all kinds that work. Nobody is perfect, and that includes you.”

Divorce may impact child’s social skills, scores

As if splitting up a marriage didn’t cause enough problems, new research suggests that young children of divorce are more likely to suffer from setbacks in social skills and have lower math scores, according to USA Today.

The study, conducted by researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, found that children do not fall behind their peers in this area until after the split, and not during the potentially tumultuous period proceeding it.

“From the divorce stage onward, however, children of divorce lag behind in math test scores and interpersonal social skills,” Hyun Sik Kim, the author of the study, told the newspaper.

Kim said the fallout from a divorce may affect a child’s development if they are stressed by child custody conflicts or exposed to an ongoing parental “blame game.” Kim also said changing schools or being exposed to parents’ divorce-related depression could also impact their development, reported the news source.

While the study found that children’s math test scores tend to decline during the divorce process, their reading scores were unaffected. In addition, while divorce tended to impede a child’s ability to make and keep friends, they were not at a higher risk for externalizing problem behavior such as fighting or getting angry.

College age children of divorce may also be negatively affected by their parents’ split, according to another University of Wisconsin study. In that study, researchers found those children are less likely to receive financial support during college, even if both parents remarried.