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Disparate drinking rates can lead to divorce

There are many factors that go into a Massachusetts spouse's decision to file for divorce. For some, the relationship has deteriorated slowly over time; others split over one or more infidelities. A recently released study suggests that for some couples, differences in their alcohol consumption can lead to a divorce.

The study looked at nearly 20,000 couples, and gathered data concerning their drinking habits. Those statistics were then compared to their rates of divorce, and an interesting trend was observed. Those couples who had different drinking habits were found to be more likely to divorce.

What is most interesting about the results of this study is that the volume of drinking was not significant. Couples who drank heavily were less likely to divorce than those who drank at different levels. The divorce was lowest among partners who shared low levels of alcohol consumption.

While this study makes for interesting dinner party conversation, many Massachusetts spouses know all-too-well how difficult it can be to live with a partner who drinks heavily. When such a relationship ends in divorce, a spouse's alcohol consumption can be called into question within the proceeding, especially in cases in which child custody is a factor. While a family court judge is not likely to consider social or moderate drinking in a child custody suit, the court would approach a serious drinking problem in a more serious manner. In such cases, it is important to understand one's rights in regard to child custody, as well as local rules and courtroom procedures.

Source: New York Daily News, "Drinking differences linked to divorce: study," Michael Walsh, Feb. 9, 2013

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