Divorce statistics show that close to half of all couples
will head to a divorce attorney and
have their nuptials dissolved, and with the rate being so high, there have been
many studies aimed at determining why. Often men are blamed, but a new study
conducted by Swedish researchers at the Karolinska Institute found that blame
may fall on the women.
Researchers looked at the gene structure of 1,800 women, who
have been with their partners for at least five years. According to their
results, some women have a mutation on the gene receptors that create oxytocin,
a chemical produced in the brain that enables the woman to bond with their
Oxytocin is sometimes called the love hormone. Women with a mutation in the receptors that
create the hormone have trouble bonding with their partners and are more likely
to seek out divorce lawyers to end
their marriages. This mutation can also explain why some women never get
Lead researcher of the study, Hasse Walum said, “We’ve found
that oxytocin can be involved in human pair-bonding by showing that variation
in the oxytocin receptor gene is linked to how strongly women bond to a
These are the same researchers, who discovered the male
version of the “divorce gene,” called vasopressin, which makes it difficult for
men to commit and stay faithful.
Despite the reason for an unhappy marriage, the couple who
decides to part ways will benefit from hiring an accomplished divorce attorney.