The Impact of Education on Divorce | The 2020 Research

Mar 19, 2020 by

There was a time when divorce was rare, but things have changed tremendously over the decades. People used to marry for life; one marriage was enough to last for a lifetime. Couples used to make compromises to make the marriage work, but the institution of marriage has lost its worth and its integrity over time.

Divorce Rates Around the Globe

The United States of America has a divorce rate of 53% and ranks 10th in the world. It is Luxembourg that takes the top spot with an alarming divorce rate of 87%. While some countries have made it a lot more difficult for their nationals to file for divorce, other countries are making it much easier for their nationals to end their relationships quickly.

According to research by Irvine sociologists Cheng-Tong Lir Wang and Evan Schofer of the University of California, the divorce rate around the world has doubled in just four decades. The research discovered that wealthier nations with higher national gross incomes had higher rates of divorce. Another surprising observation was made about the educational level of these nations. The research concluded that better educated nations with more people enrolled in secondary education experienced higher rates of divorce. 

Education and Its Impact

Research conducted by Wilkinson & Finkbeiner law firm indicated that individuals who received higher education (i.e. they went to college) have a 13% lower risk of getting a divorce, while it is the exact opposite for high school dropouts in the USA. Education is one of the most basic necessities of life, and a lack of education in the lives of the future generation can increase the divorce ratio in the world. According to research conducted by Juho Harkönen and Jaap Dronkers in 2015, divorce and educational level have a direct impact on each other. The relationship between divorce and education became negative as the decades progressed and took alarming shape as we entered the 21st century.

William J. Goode predicted in the early nineteen-sixties that divorce between couples would become much easier. The education or the educational difference of the spouses is often a common cause of divorce among couples. While a divorce can be exceptionally hard on the education of children, the education of the spouses plays a vital role in keeping a healthy relationship even after a divorce.

According to Online Divorce, partners with matching educational backgrounds have more successful marriages. Partners with similar occupations, couples that include educated women, and couples with highly educated women last longer and enjoy successful married lives. Cohabitation and co-existence become much easier when both partners are educated.

While communication is necessary for any relationship, it seems that partners who are educated are better at it than the people who aren’t educated at all.

Impact of Divorce on Education

The children of divorced parents have a harder time completing their education than the children whose parents are still happily married. The daughters of divorced parents experience an even heavier impact on their lives, as it was discovered that 36% of women who come from broken homes don’t complete their higher education, according to the research conducted by Wilkinson & Finkbeiner.

There have been cases reported for spouses who go back to school to finish their education following a divorce, but many of them leave their education again because of monetary struggles. It has been noted in the research by Juho Harkönen and Jaap Dronkers that women struggle to earn money for their children after a divorce and have to leave their educational aspirations in favor of providing for their children. Single parents have a harder time getting their education after getting a divorce (although the ratio is higher for women than men).

However, there are many success stories of both men and women who achieved their dreams despite having the hurdle of divorce in their way. These real-life heroes not only succeeded at carving out a future for themselves, they also helped their children get the education they deserve. Parents have to be exceptionally observant when it comes to their children’s education after a divorce. Children from such homes are emotionally distracted and have lower educational aspirations. According to research done by William H. Jeynes, many of these children are held back a grade because of their lower grade point averages caused by their loss of interest in education. Children of broken homes are less likely to attend universities or colleges and may not even complete high school at all.

Gaining Education after Divorce

While 15% of people say getting a divorce was the best decision they ever made (according to the research by Juho Harkönen and Jaap Dronkers), many of them aspire to get back to school and complete their education. Divorce leaves people in an incredibly miserable financial situation as many find that their income is decreased by at least 6%. Such an income is not enough to support children, their well being, and their education. This is the reason why many people (both men and women) try to go back to school to get a degree, further their education, and offer a better life to their children.

Many recently single men and women try to learn new skills to further their education or boost their professional education. It has been noted that men and women live a more satisfactory life after they gain education or explore a new vocational direction.

Moving On – One Day at a Time

Moving on from a relationship that didn’t work can be hard and leave a lasting impact on you, emotionally and physically. Ending your relationship with the person you thought would be beside you for the rest of your life is not an easy decision to make, which is why it is essential for you to explore all of your options. With education comes information, which is the reason why more educated couples opt for couples therapy or couples counseling before filing for divorce. Educated couples look for more options to save the relationship, including separation for some time.

More educated couples also put more effort into ensuring their children get the best education and pay attention to their schoolwork. Since divorce is as difficult for children as it is for the parents, the spouses with a higher educational level have children who pursue higher education (i.e. go to college and university). Children of such families are far more likely to attain higher education and then move on to be successful in their professional lives.

The education of parents impacts heavily on the education of the children. Even if the parents get divorced, the children are given an example to follow, which gives them the encouragement to educate themselves as well. In such cases, 46% of the children will grow up to have successful married lives, and only 24% end up getting divorced.

In Conclusion

Divorce is a big decision that should be taken carefully. While many marriages are annulled or end in divorce in the first year of marriage, the ratio of divorce is coming down in certain parts of the world. Now that people are more aware of their rights and their needs, they are more careful about choosing their life partners. No one suggests staying in an abusive, unfulfilling, or unhappy relationship, but making sound decisions can help you avert disasters for the future. Marriage is an institution that has been praised and encouraged in every religion. Communities encourage marriage, and marriage helps with the personal growth of a person. You get to have a companion for life who will love you unconditionally, so it is helpful to try to find a middle ground and not be hasty about making a decision that will change the course of your future exponentially. The decision of getting a divorce should not be taken lightly, especially when children are involved.

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