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What Personal Factors increase My Divorce Risk?

If you’re considering divorce, you’re not alone. Indeed, many Americans spouses decide to bring their marriages to a close — especially during the months of January and February, which have been dubbed “divorce season” by many family law attorneys throughout the United States. Your decision to get a divorce, however, has likely brought up some questions, such as, what personal factors may have contributed to the failure of my marriage?

Every divorce is different, but social scientists have pinpointed several things that can contribute to the chances a couple will call it quits:

  • Couples who cohabited before marriage are said to have a 50 to 80 percent higher chance of divorcing than those who didn’t cohabit.

  • African American couples have a 1.5 percent increased chance of divorce than their Caucasian couple counterparts.

  • Marrying after you’ve turned 18 years of age will decrease your chances of divorce by 24 percent.

  • Couples who are close to each other in age have a higher likelihood of staying together.

  • Couples who generate a household income of over $50,000 annually have a 30 percent less chance of divorcing.

  • Couples who maintain the belief that “marriage is for life” will have a better chance of staying together.

  • Couples who give birth to their first child following marriage have a 24 to 66 percent better chance of staying together.

  • When virgins marry, they have dramatically more stable marriages, and they are considerably less likely to divorce.

These are some of the factors that might have contributed to your divorce. However, divorcing couples in Nevada should rest assured that many have been in their shoes. If you’re ready to begin the next chapter of your life, you may want to discuss your divorce options with a qualified divorce lawyer in your area.

Source: Life Site, “What is the actual US divorce rate and risk?,” Glenn Stanton, accessed Feb. 14, 2017

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