When a Virginia Divorce “Spreads” in a Social Circle

Posted on Jul 28, 2011 by Hofheimer Family Law

If you’re considering a Virginia divorce, you might want to ask yourself how many of your friends and family have used a Virginia divorce attorney to “untie the knot”. The effects of divorce go beyond you and your spouse. It can affect the people in your social circle.

Studies by social scientists from Harvard and other well-known universities have found that couples that have friends and family who are divorced are at a greater risk for having their own marriages end.
This study supports the concept of divorce as something that can spread through a group of friends and family much like a virus.

When a couple decides to call it quits, other couples around them might begin to have doubts about their own relationships. This is especially true if the first divorcing couple’s relationship had been considered strong.

Nobody wants to be the first in their group to divorce, and some couples might hold on, whether consciously or unconsciously, for the sake of appearances. A couple’s Virginia divorce can make their friends and family who have been having marital problems feel that divorce is a more acceptable option.

These studies have also shown an interesting, more optimistic fact about the social effects of divorce. Couples who support their friends and loved ones through divorce actually end up strengthening their own marriages.

Contacting a Virginia Divorce Attorney

At this vulnerable time, it’s critical that you have exceptional legal representation that not only understands the specifics of your case, but is dedicated to your best interests and that of your family.

The Virginia divorce attorneys at Hofheimer Family Law Firm represent Virginia women who wish to file for divorce. We are committed to fighting for your rights, assisting in child custody disputes, and advocating that you receive everything you are entitled to and need in order to start your new life. You can learn more by requesting one of our FREE divorce guides for women, or reserving your seat at our monthly divorce seminar – 757-425-5200.