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Studies look at common predictors for divorce

On Behalf of | Nov 8, 2017 | Divorce

People in Minnesota who did not finish high school may have a higher chance of divorcing. A number of studies over the years have looked at education and other factors to determine which couples might be more likely to get a divorce. Couples who marry in their teens are also more likely to get a divorce than those who wed in their late 20s. Couples with an age gap of 10 years or more have a higher divorce risk as well.

In marriages in which the husband only works part time, divorce is more likely; however, this does not seem to be correlated to the couple’s income. It may be that the idea that men should be breadwinners remains strong.

Spouses who show contempt for one another might no longer have a marriage that can be saved. There is also a pattern of conflict and avoidance that can predict divorce. In unhealthy situations, one spouse tends to press issues while the other withdraws. Some studies have examined relationships as oral histories and found that people who have negative stories about their spouses have a higher likelihood of divorce.

Divorce for any of these reasons can be a painful process. People who share assets will need to divide their property, and if there are children, they will need to decide on a custody arrangement. Couples who are unable to reach these agreements on their own or with the assistance of their attorneys will need to go to litigation. A spouse who is going to divorce court may want to discuss strategies with an attorney.

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