I read an article today that lists 15 ways to predict divorce. Researchers have studied marriage success rates from many different angles, and what they’ve found is that everything from smoking habits to what state you live in can predict how likely it is that your marriage will survive. Here are some of the indicators of a likelihood of divorce according to the article.
1. If you’re a married American, your marriage is between 40 and 50 percent likely to end in divorce.
Divorce has traditionally been in America at 40 or 50 percent. After peaking at 50 percent in the 1980s, the national divorce rate has dropped steadily. According to the article the public’s mind, that outdated “half of all marriages” figure still sticks and it scares individuals.
2. If you live in a red state, you’re 27 percent more likely to get divorced than if you live in a blue state.
The article cites to the traditionally younger age of marriage for those living in red states. Traditionally younger marriages are more risky and more likely to end in divorce.
3. If you argue with your spouse about finances once a week, your marriage is 30 percent more likely to end in divorce than if you argue with your spouse about finances less frequently.
Money does not make a couple happy but it does contribute to divorce. According to the article, money woes kill marriages. The article cites studies which show that couples with no assets at the beginning of a three-year period are 70 percent more likely to divorce by the end of that period than couples with $10,000 in assets.
4. If your parents were divorced, you’re at least 40 percent more likely to get divorced than if they weren’t. If your parents married others after divorcing, you’re 91 percent more likely to get divorced.
The article cites to the example shown by your parents as showing a marriage as disposable creates the ambivalence towards the permanence of marriage.
5. If only one partner in your marriage is a smoker, you’re 75 percent to 91 percent more likely to divorce than smokers who are married to fellow smokers.
This statistic seems logical, in that the non smoker would not fully relate to the smokers needs or the smoker would not relate to the non smoker being fed up with the smoke.
6. If you have a daughter, you’re nearly 5 percent more likely to divorce than if you have a son.
This figure multiplies with the numbers of daughters or sons.
According to the article, the authors believe that, fathers may get more invested in the family with boys than with girls.
7. If you’re an evangelical Christian adult who has been married, there’s a 26 percent likelihood that you’ve been divorced—compared to a 28 percent chance for Catholics and a 38 percent chance for non-Christians.
That’s according to the evangelically affiliated Barna Research Group, whose long-term clients include the Disney Channel.
8. If you’re an evangelical Christian adult who has been married, there’s a 26 percent likelihood that you’ve been divorced—compared to a 28 percent chance for Catholics and a 38 percent chance for non-Christians.
Apparently divorce affects those across the board, the religious and non religious alike. Evangelicals, Catholics, and Atheists all appear to hover around 30 percent.
9. If both you and your partner have had previous marriages, you’re 90 percent more likely to get divorced than if this had been the first marriage for both of you.
This statistic probably comes from couples witnessing the disposability of their former marriage thus making it easier for them to dispose of a second or third marriage, compared to those who view their marriage as permanent.
10. If you’re a woman two or more years older than your husband, your marriage is 53 percent more likely to end in divorce than if he was one year younger to three years older.
According to the article, large age gaps between spouses can create sexual discord and other disagreements. The article cites to the author who believes that American culture is so happiness driven that everyone is seeking to improve their happiness in a new situation or partnership.
11. If you’re of “below average” intelligence, you’re 50 percent more likely to be divorced than those of “above average” intelligence.
Apparently the article believes that higher intelligence folks have a lower probability of divorce and lower intelligence have higher probability of divorce within the first 5 years.
12. If you’ve been diagnosed with cervical cancer, your likelihood of getting divorced is 40 percent higher than standard rates; it’s 20 percent higher if you’ve been diagnosed with testicular cancer.
The article cites to authors who believe that, the cancers affect sexual activity and young people, thus having an affect on a marriage. To a young marriage sexual activity is very important.
13. If you have twins or triplets, your marriage is 17 percent more likely to end in divorce than if your children are not multiple births.
The article cites the obvious which is that, multiple births bring money woes, which bring stress.
14. If you’re a female serial cohabiter—a woman who has lived with more than one partner before your first marriage—then you’re 40 percent more likely to get divorced than women who have never done so.
The article cites to authors who believe that marriages who are preceded by cohabitation are more lengthy when they believe in its permanency. Although “playing house” seems like good practice for married life, it can also make living together seem less permanent.
15. If you’re in a male same-sex marriage, it’s 50 percent more likely to end in divorce than a heterosexual marriage. If you’re in a female same-sex marriage, this figure soars to 167 percent.
The article cites to research that believes these statistics. Whether you believe them or not, marriage should not be entered fearfully. It appears that people still believe in marriage and all want their marriages to last long, despite statistics.
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