Video: How Religion Affects Divorce Decisions

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.

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Shawn Garrison is an Online Editor for Lexicon, focusing on subjects related to the legal services of customers, Cordell & Cordell and Cordell & Cordell UK. He has written countless pieces dealing with the unique child custody and divorce issues that men and fathers face. Through his work on,, and, Mr. Garrison has become an authority on the complexities of the legal experience and was a content creator for the YouTube series “Dad’s Divorce Live” and additional videos on both the Dad’s Divorce and Cordell & Cordell YouTube channels. Mr. Garrison has managed the sites of these customers, and fostered the creation of several of their features, including the Cordell & Cordell attorney and office pages, the Dad’s Divorce Newsletter, and the Cordell & Cordell newsletter.

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