How Often Does Separation Lead to Divorce?

According to the Gottman Institute in Seattle, which studies marriage, relationships, and divorce, about three out of four separations eventually lead to divorce. About 25 percent of separations are temporary.

Why do some couples choose to separate before divorce? In some cases, a couple needs to feel the consequences and ramifications of a divorce before making a permanent choice. Some separate to give themselves time to sort out personal matters and talk through future property division. In still other cases, some couples may simply need the extra step in the divorce process to get used to the idea of being apart and starting a new chapter. In tough economic times, some couples may choose separation to keep sharing finances or to keep family health care plans.

In short, while some couples use separation as a trial to see if divorce is the right choice for them, others use it as a stepping stone in the divorce process.

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