- Young age. Marriage at a very young age increases the likelihood of divorce, especially in the early years of marriage.
- Less education. Research shows that those with at least some college education (vs. high school or not finishing high school) have a lower chance of divorce.
- Less income. Having a modest income can help couples avoid stress that may lead to divorce.
- Premarital cohabitation. Couples who live together before marriage appear to have a higher chance of divorce if they marry, but the risk is mostly true for those who have cohabited with multiple partners. A common belief is that living together before marriage provides an opportunity to get to know each other better, but research has found those that live together before marriage have already developed some leniency towards divorce. This leniency towards divorce is what leads the couple to become high risk. However, there are some caveats to these findings. Research suggests couples who get engaged and then move in together are no longer at a high risk for future divorce. Their commitment towards marriage reduces the risk of a future divorce.
- Premarital childbearing and pregnancy. Childbearing and pregnancy prior to marriage significantly increase the likelihood of future divorce.
- No religious affiliation. Researchers have estimated those with a religious affiliation compared to those who belong to no religious group are less likely to divorce.
- Parents’ divorce. Unfortunately, experiencing the divorce of your parents doubles your risk for divorce. And if your spouse also experienced their parents’ divorce than your risk for divorce triples. This does not mean you are predisposed to having your marriage end in divorce, only that you may need to be more aware of your marriage trends and work harder for a successful marriage. For more information on what a healthy marriage entails click here.
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