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Study looks at possible predictors of divorce

Last week we discussed a recent study that looked at the probability of divorce as it relates to the cost of a couple’s wedding and the cost of their engagement ring. This week we continue to discuss the findings that came out of that study, which looked at 3,000 married couples in the United States. Besides the price of the wedding and ring, the study also looked at the couple’s religious attendance, wedding attendance and income, among other things.

One interesting conclusion was that couples who dated for three or more years before marriage were 39 percent less likely to divorce compared to couples who dated for less than one year. In terms of attraction, women were 60 percent more likely to divorce if the wealth of their partner was important when deciding to get married. Similarly, men were 50 percent more likely to reach divorce if their partner’s looks were a priority in their marital decision. 

Back to the topic of weddings, although an expensive wedding led to a higher chance of divorce, a wedding with more attendees led to a lower chance of divorce. In fact, those who had 200 or more attendees at their wedding actually had a 92 percent less likely chance of getting divorced compared to a wedding where only the couple was in attendance.

Finally, other factors seem to play a role. Those who went on a honeymoon had a decreased chance of divorce and those who regularly went to church did as well. Finally, the study found that couples who made over $125,000 a year in combined income had a 51 percent less likely chance of divorce.

While these findings are definitely interesting and maybe even surprising, it is never easy to predict whether a marriage will be successful or eventually end in divorce.

Source: The Atlantic, “The Divorce-Proof Marriage,” Olga Khazan, Oct. 14, 2014

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