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Michigan's divorce capital identified in recent study

A study of divorced residents in each major U.S. city based on census data yielded specific results by specific areas. The study identified Ishpeming, a city in Marquette County near the shores of Lake Huron, as the "divorce capital" of Michigan. More than 20 percent of the marriage-age adults in the municipality were divorced at the time of the study.

The Wolverine State's top divorce rate is near the middle of rates in other state's divorce capitals. The study identifies as "divorced" only people who were at one time married and are currently not, so people on a second or third marriage may not be counted.

One thing the study did not cover is the reason for more divorces. However, a different piece of research found that three-quarters of divorced people cited a lack of commitment between the spouses as a major reason for separation. Infidelity was reported by nearly 60 percent of respondents, while constant arguing was cited but just below 58 percent of respondents.

Financial problems also often put stress on romantic relationships. In one way, fighting about money can be a precursor to deeper problems between people. But people in difficult situations or relationships may also feel the grip of financial security when considering if it is best to stay or strike out on one's own.

If a spouse is considering divorce, it is often advisable to seek legal representation. A lawyer can help highlight the different documents and requirements of a legal divorce in Michigan and represent an individual's interests towards the end of a marriage.

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