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Can the cost of a wedding predict the eventual end of a marriage?

Divorce affects a lot of couples through the United States, so it's no wonder that researchers are constantly trying to figure out the root causes of divorce. For example, last year a study showed that arguing about finances early in a marriage led to a greater risk for divorce. That makes perfect sense considering that financial stress is thought to be the number one reason for divorce in our country.

Our readers may be interested in yet another study that includes divorce and spending. This time researchers concentrated on the cost of a couple's wedding as well as the cost of the engagement ring. They wanted to know if the price of the ring or wedding was an indicator of future divorce.

In all, the research showed that a man who spent somewhere between $2,000 and $4,000 on a ring had a 1.3 times more likely chance to become divorced. That is in comparison with a man who spent $500 to $2,000 on the engagement ring.

Similarly, if a woman spent $20,000 on her wedding, she was 3.5 times more likely to get divorced compared with a woman who spent just $5,000 to $10,000 on the wedding.

Researchers point out that these findings do not support the wedding industry's message that expensive nuptials lead to better marriages.

While this research is amusing, most people likely understand that divorce arises from a very unique set of circumstances, with finances possibly being one of the many issues. These unique circumstances will play key roles during the divorce process.

Source: Medical Daily, "Your Engagement Ring Price Tag Could Predict A Marriage Ending In Divorce," Samantha Olson, Oct. 13, 2014

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