Divorce may be good for you

A respected study has shown that divorce in middle or later life is no barrier to having a long and happy marriage and can even lead to a greater contentment in the long term.

Prof George Vaillant, who has most recently overseen the Grant Study that has followed the lives of more than 240 men over 76 years, commented that he had been forced to rethink his earlier assumption that there was a link between being divorced and being temperamentally unsuitable for stability.

The results suggest that although marriage improves with age — especially after 70 — almost none of those who find themselves in an unsatisfactory marriage by middle age successfully manage to repair the relationship. Many of those who divorced went on to form happy new marriages lasting several decades, the Grant Study concluded…

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