Divorce can spread from friend to friend
Friends' divorces can encourage you to question your own feelings and ideas about your relationship.
This is the view of Christine Northam, a counsellor for Relate, a relationship support group.
She said that friendships should be balanced, and while emotionally healthy people will be naturally drawn to others who are emotionally healthy, it is "a good idea to choose friends because you like them, but also because they do have happy, healthy marriages".
"Relate would always encourage people not to wait until there is a crisis in their marriage, but to explore their marriage, what they expect from it and whether it is actually going in the right direction," she explained, suggesting that couples can never relax completely from working at their marriage.
According to a US study, divorce can spread between friends, siblings and co-workers.
This could be supported by the latest Office for National Statistics figures, which show that there are more women who get divorced than men when aged between 25 and 29, although the rate has fallen and is now at its lowest level since 1979.
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Published on: July 8, 2010
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