Law Offices of Brandon R. Ceglian P.C.
Tell Us About Your Case

Couples with different drinking habits more likely to divorce

When a married couple does not share the same approach toward alcohol consumption, a number of difficulties can arise. The issue can bring a great deal of contention to a marriage, and can even eventually lead to divorce. While many Colorado residents who are involved in this type of relationship do not find this assumption surprising, a recent study backs up the concept.

The study found that when spouses have different levels of alcohol consumption, they are more likely to divorce. In making this assessment, researchers looked at data compiled from nearly 20,000 couples. Their alcohol intake was calculated, and then their rates of divorce were compared against that data.

What researchers discovered was that the volume of alcohol consumed was not a significant indicator of divorce. It was only among couples who had disparate consumption levels that divorce was observed to occur more frequently. This may be because couples in which both partners drink heavily have more compatible lifestyles.

While drinking may lead to a Colorado couple's decision to divorce, the alcohol consumption of a spouse is not likely to factor into the eventual divorce settlement. An exception lies in cases in which child custody is at issue. In those instances, heavy drinking can come into play in making a custody determination, especially in cases in which addiction treatment has been sought or drunk driving convictions are present. If a parent believes that their child or children could be put at risk by their partner's drinking, it is important to research one's rights under state law before moving forward.

Source: New York Daily News, "Drinking differences linked to divorce: study," Michael Walsh, Feb. 9, 2013

No Comments

Leave a comment
Comment Information
Email Us For A Response

Tell Us About Your Legal Issue

Bold labels are required.

Contact Information

The use of the Internet or this form for communication with the firm or any individual member of the firm does not establish an attorney-client relationship. Confidential or time-sensitive information should not be sent through this form.


Privacy Policy