Eating margarine causes divorce in Michigan.

If you are married and live in Michigan . . .


Eating margarine causes divorce in Michigan.


When marketing my divorce practice, I rely on data.  I examine divorce metrics such as the divorce rate, income, age and education of potential divorcees.  After all, marketing is expensive and data can help develop strategies to target market.

In statistics, Pearson r measures the correlation between two variables and is widely used in the sciences.  A Pearson r value of 0 means there is no correlation and a value of 1 means a perfect relationship. 

For example, the Pearson r (correlation) between marriage and divorce would have to be 1 because you have to be married to get divorced and the correlation between elephants and divorce would likely be zero, no correlation.  After all, there are not many married elephants.

Remarkably, the Pearson r correlation between margarine consumption and divorce in Michigan is .97, a 97% correlation.  (Source:  US Census & USDA data /

Divorce rate in Michigan and Per capita consumption of margarine (US)

Michigan margarine

You have to be kidding I thought!  The data must be flawed.  It is not.

I checked our closest neighbor, Ohio.  The correlation between consumption of margarine and the divorce rate in Ohio.  You guessed it, .97 also a 97% correlation.

Divorce rate in Ohio and Per capita consumption of margarine (US)

Ohio Margarine

Ok, this was getting weird, I so I checked Maine.  The correlation is .99 a 99% correlation.  I started to worry about my married friends from Maine.

Divorce rate in Maine and Per capita consumption of margarine (US)

Maine margarine


Does eating margarine really cause divorce?

Of course not.  The correlation between margarine consumption and divorce is real (at least in Michigan, Ohio and Maine).  However, a correlation between two variables is not the same as causation. 

The high Pearson r correlation between margarine and divorce is simply a coincidence, luck, spurious. 

Sometimes things do not go as planned and you find yourself on the wrong side of good luck.  If you know someone who is stuck in their situation, we can help.

So why should someone consider our firm?  After all we give you the law for free.  In fact, we provide more information on Michigan divorce law than any other law firm. 

The law is like data, subject to interpretation

We understand that it is the application and interpretation of the law that sets our firm apart from the rest and puts our clients on the good side of luck.


About Findling Law:

I have been in practice for almost 20 years and practice exclusively in divorce and family law.  My practice includes several attorneys who share the core value of practicing law to help people navigate change in their life, without compromising principles.  We have extensive experience in high socio-economic, high profile and high conflict cases which has nurtured a skill set applicable to all divorce and family law cases regardless of socio-economic status.  We recognize that it is the application of the law that is most important aspect of practice.  That is why we provide more free information on divorce and family law than any other Michigan law firm. 

We want to help you manage your situation. Let our exceptional legal team help you . . .


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