Reasons for Divorce and Openness to Marital Reconciliation

Alan J. Hawkins, Brian J. Willoughby, William J. Doherty

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This study explores the factors that divorcing couples say contributed to the breakdown of their marriage and how those factors are related to thoughts and interest in reconciliation. A sample of 886 individual divorcing parents in Hennepin County, Minnesota, in 2008 responded to a brief survey after mandated parenting classes. The two most common reasons given for seeking a divorce were "growing apart" (55%) and "not able to talk together" (53%). Growing apart, differences in tastes, and money problems were negatively associated with interest in reconciliation; abuse and adultery were not associated with interest in reconciliation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)453-463
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Divorce and Remarriage
Issue number6
StatePublished - Aug 2012


  • divorce
  • divorce attitudes
  • reconciliation


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