8 Risk Factors for Divorce

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Marriage can be extremely hard work, and there are many factors that can make marriage even harder. While risk factors don’t cause divorce, they do increase a couple’s chances of splitting.

You got married young…or older
We all know that getting married at a young age increases the likelihood of divorce. For example, someone who marries at 25 is over 50 percent less likely to get divorced than is someone who weds at age 20. The divorce risk continues to decrease with age, until the age of 32. After age 32, the divorce risk increases by 5% with each year. In conclusion, the best age to get married (only according to the statistics) is between 28 and 32.

You didn’t graduate college
While more-educated women have the highest chances for a long-term marriage, college-educated men also stand out. Roughly two-thirds (65%) of men with a bachelor’s degree could expect that, if they marry, their first marriage will last 20 years or longer, compared with 50% of men with a high school diploma or less. But among women who have a high school education or less, the share is only 40%.

Your parents got divorced
Children of divorced parents are more likely to get a divorce themselves. This is partially due to learned behaviors and a more pessimistic view of marriage. However, certain personality traits that increase the risk of chance of divorce (like narcissism) are often passed down from parent to child, also increasing the child’s future chance of divorce.

You’ve been divorced before
With each marriage, your risk of divorce increases. But of course, sometimes the third time’s the charm!

Your alcohol habits don’t match your spouse’s
Do you enjoy knocking back a 6-pack before a big game, while your spouse chooses to stay sober? This may lead to marital issues. Researchers at The University of Buffalo found that in relationships where one partner is a heavy drinker, and one partner is not, about 45 – 55% got divorced by their 9th wedding anniversary. With couples that had similar drinking habits, either both were heavy drinkers, or neither of them were heavy drinkers, only around 35% of the couples split.

You’re attractive
Unfortunately for celebrities, being attractive can increase your risk for divorce. A study found that those rated as more attractive in high school yearbooks were married for shorter durations and more likely to divorce.

You had an expensive wedding
In San Diego, the average wedding costs nearly $35,000. But does an expensive wedding translate to a happy marriage? According to a 2015 Emory University study, the answer is no. The study suggests that women whose weddings cost more than $20,000 were 3.5 times more likely to get divorced compared to women whose weddings cost between $5,000 and $10,000.

You got pregnant quickly
The timing of the first child’s birth also has an effect on divorce rate. Women who conceived after the wedding day had a much higher probability of their marriage lasting 15 years than women who conceived before their wedding day.

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