Research shows that couples take numerous factors into consideration when thinking about divorce. Among those considerations, and one that can have a significant impact on their course of action, is their religion and spirituality.
According to interviews conducted by the National Divorce Decision Project, people commonly weigh their desire to leave an unhappy marriage with what the believe is their religious obligation to work through their problems.
Steven Harris, Ph.D., LMFT, is Professor of Family Social Science and Director of the Couple and Family Therapy program at the University of Minnesota. He discusses the different ways a person’s religion can come into play when they are trying to decide whether or not to get a divorce.