What puts a marriage
at risk for a divorce? s. These are not "reasons" that couples
divorce, but rather factors that put a couple at higher risk for divorce
even before marriage. For the causes of divorce (cheating, financial problems,
etc.-- see "Causes of Divorce").
Studies show that the younger people are when they get married, the
higher their chance of divorce. About 50% of couples who marry under
age 18 end in divorce, compared with 40% of couples under 20, and just
24% of couples older than 25.
Living together before marriage greatly increases the risk for divorce,
as does having multiple sexual partners. Interestingly,
having one premarital sex partner doesn't increase the risk for divorce
- Being Previously
People who have had divorces in the past are at a higher risk for divorce
in the future.
children from a previous marriage
an a short courtship before marriage
There is no "right time" to get married, however getting married
very quickly (within just a few months) does put you at risk, because
you don't know the other person well enough.
- Being of
When two people are
of different religious faiths-- about 20% divorce rate. Couples that
are of different faiths but then later join one church have a low divorce
African americans have a higher divorce rate, about 11.3%, compared
with whites (9.8%) and hispanics (7.6%). Asians have the lowest divorce
marriages also have a higher divorce rate.
Couples that earn less than $25,000 have a good chance of being divorced
within ten years. Couples who earn a higher income are more likely to
- Your career
People in the military have the some of the highest divorce rates, especially
those on active duty. Police officers, firefighters, and doctors have
divorce rates higher than the general populations.
Smokers have a 53% risk of divorce, regardless of other factors.
two years of marriage predicts divorce
Benefits of being married
Strenghts of Happy Couples
for a Happy Marriage and Relationship
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