Even though a Massachusets divorce is an unfortunate reality of modern life, people still get married every day, and they hope that their partnership with their spouse will stand the test of time.
Whether you are planning to get married or have been married for years, you will likely want to be aware of aspects of your life that may make divorce more likely.
According to a variety of studies, the following factors may play a part in whether you are likely to get divorced:
Your parents’ marriage: People whose parents got a divorce are 40 percent more likely to divorce than people whose parents remained married. Interestingly, while this may seem to be a behavioral factor caused by children observing the breakdown of their parents’ marriage, studies have looked at adoptive children and their biological parents and found that it is actually a genetic factor.
Your age when you get married: People who get married in their teens or early 20s are more likely to divorce, but the likelihood of divorce also increases by 5 percent for every year for people who get married after the age of 32.
Your education level: People with a college degree have a 65-78 percent chance of staying married for at least 20 years, while this rate is only 41-47 percent for people with a high school education and 49-54 percent for people who have attended college but have not obtained a bachelor’s degree.
Religion: Studies have shown that people who grew up in a religious household were less likely to divorce. Married couples who practice religion and attend church regularly also have a lower divorce rate, and couples who have the same beliefs are more likely to stay together than those who do not practice the same religion.
Smoking: When only one spouse smokes, a couple is 75-91 percent more likely to get divorced than when both spouses smoke.
Drinking: In one study, 45-55 percent of couples in which one spouse was a heavy drinker and the other spouse was not got a divorce within 10 years. If both partners drank, or if neither partner drank, this rate dropped to 35 percent.
Assets and debt: Couples who live in poverty and couples with a lot of debt are more likely to divorce, and couples who have more assets when they get married are less likely to divorce.
Income: Marriages in which wives earn more than their husbands or spouses earn about the same amount are more likely to end in divorce than marriages in which the wife earns less.
The cost of the wedding: One study found that couples whose wedding cost more than $20,000 were 3.5 times more likely to get divorced than couples who spent between $5,000 and $10,000 on their wedding.
Cohabitation: If a couple lived together before getting married, they are about 12 percent more likely to get divorced.
When kids were born: If a couple’s first child was born less than eight months after the wedding, they are 24 percent more likely to get divorced.
Age difference: When there is a large difference between spouses’ ages, they are more likely to get divorced, especially if the wife is older than the husband.
Contact a Middlesex Divorce Lawyer
If you believe your marriage is in trouble, the Law Offices of Renee Lazar can help you understand your rights and options and advise you of the best path to take if you are pursing a divorce.
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