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Till Divorce Do You Part? Not So Fast

A new study finds that post-divorce marital reconciliation is on the rise, reports the Huffington Post. That’s right, many people that get divorced, remain open to getting back together with their spouse, particularly if there are children involved.

The study about post-divorce marital reconciliation came out of the University of Minnesota. It surveyed nearly 2500 divorcing couples with children and asked them if they wanted to try and reconcile. The study found that either one or both partners in about 45 percent of couples indicated they could try and save the marriage and reconcile. Men were found to be more willing to say their marriage could be saved and more willing to try a professional marital reconciliation service. The gender numbers came out to 1 out of 3 men, and 1 out of 5 women.

The study has prompted the Institute of American Values to propose legislation that proposes a one-year waiting period for divorce and mandatory education about marital reconciliation for couples with minor children, reports the Huffington Post.

Many couples in distress do not jump directly to divorce. There is usually an intermediate stage in between, referred to as "separation." This can be short or long depending on the couple. This is usually the time couples decide to turn back on their decision for divorce. However, there is a version of separation that might be useful in light of the aforementioned study. It is called a legal separation.

In a legal separation a court approves the separation and defines the legally enforceable rights and obligations; but does not permanently end the marriage. Legal separation differs from more informal separation because a court must approve and order legal separation. It also differs from divorce because the marriage continues to exist after a legal separation.

If marital reconciliation remains a distinct possibility in relationships, then perhaps legal separation should be encouraged and used more frequently.

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