How To Know If You Are Genetically Destined For Divorce (According To Science)

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 Is There A Divorce Gene
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Blame it on your genes.

You may be cursing your parents for passing on their anxious tendencies or big feet. However, it turns out they may have passed on something worse. According to a renowned 1990s study, the heritability of divorce is estimated at 50%. This means that what causes divorce could be more than just a bad relationship — it could be genetic.

There are so many environmental factors that can lead to divorce, so it’s quite hard to say. Could good ol' Dad have played a role in that messy breakup?

The study doesn’t reveal whether or not someone carries this specific gene. Currently, the Genome-wide Association study is used to identify certain genes. For example, this test can show whether someone has the gene for curly or straight hair. So far, there has not been a study like this done for the divorce gene.

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If you planned on sending a saliva sample to a lab before getting married to check for the divorce gene, think again. For now, you may have to just take your chances. Even if researchers were able to identify the divorce gene, it would be difficult to determine its effectiveness. According to genetics, divorce is considered a complex outcome. This means that there are a variety of traits and genes that could determine whether or not someone stays married or gets a divorce.

Currently, relationship scientists and psychologists look at how neurotic someone tends to be or whether they have drug and alcohol issues. These are genetic factors that could be a cause for divorce despite not having the actual divorce gene. In contrast, conditions like cystic fibrosis, for example, come down to a single gene.

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While science hasn’t yet found a streamlined way to identify the divorce gene in people, you can still get some insight. Take a look at your family tree using one of the services out there like Progeny. It can show you how often divorce has occurred in your family’s history. This kind of mapping can give you an idea of both genetic and environmental risk you may have for divorce. This alone won’t tell you for sure if you have the divorce gene, but it can certainly give you a clue.

It’s also worth noting that the divorce gene does not determine your destiny. Even if all of your ancestors have separated from their partners, it doesn’t mean that your marriage is doomed. And, if you come from a long line of marriage success, yours could still end in a divorce.

When it comes down to it, try to be the best partner possible, no matter what the circumstances. But, when researchers do figure out this whole divorce gene thing, it wouldn’t hurt to just check it out.