Slowing Divorce

We shouldn’t rush into marriage or divorce. I’m John Stonestreet and this is The Point.

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Yesterday we talked about the high cultural costs that are revealed in the Kim Kardashian wedding fiasco. Sadly, divorce now comes as a thing expected -- especially in Hollywood.  But a recent Washington Post piece reported on a study that could change our views. William Doherty, professor of family social science at the University of Minnesota and Leah Sears, former chief justice of the Georgia Supreme Court suggest that there are two common misconceptions about divorce: that it comes after a long, delayed process of trying to “work things out” and that once a partner has filed for divorce, they aren’t interested in reconciliation. Their study suggests this just isn’t true of many couples.

They suggest that a significant number of divorces are preventable. In fact, one study suggests that marriages with the greatest potential of harming children also have the greatest potential for reconciliation.

If it’s true, it’s worth looking into, and we’ll do that on tomorrow’s Point. Visit us at I’m John Stonestreet.

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Delaying Divorce to Save Marriages
William J. Doherty & Leah Ward Sears | The Washington Post | October 20, 2011