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Indiana Ranks 15th for Divorced Residents


Indiana ranks 15th in the nation for the number of divorced people living in the state, according to the 2010 Census, so why do people get divorced?


Dr. Suzanne Coyle, Assistant Professor of Pastoral Theology and Marriage and Family Therapy at the Christian Theological Seminary, says divorce is often caused by a combination of factors.

"Many times some of the basic kinds of things that we often overlook are things of differences between each partner's family of origin, the family they grew up in," Dr. Coyle says.

Dr. Coyle says a lack of an emotional connection is another factor as well as transitional issues such as moving or the birth of a child. She says counseling can help but its success is determined by when a couple goes for counseling and how involved the partners are. She says couples with a strong emotional connection are more likely to work through those issues and stay together.

According to the Census, Maine ranked number one for the most divorced residents. New York was listed with the fewest.


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