2012 Divorce Study Highlights: The Newest Research & Results

Around the world, researchers are still studying marriage, relationships and divorce—all in an effort to better understand how to make love last. What kind of people divorce? What are the red flags of a bad relationship? What actions can we take today to help our marriage survive?

Below, we’ve gathered some of the most interesting results from the divorce studies conducted in 2012:

  • The earlier you divorce, the more your health is affected in the long term. The 15-year study found that while divorce generally harms your health, divorce at an early age has a greater affect on your wellbeing.
  • Couples who share household duties are more likely to divorce than couples who stick to traditional household roles. In fact, couples with these modern values are 50 percent more likely to divorce.
  • Moving in with your partner before marriage is no longer a predictor of divorce. However, couples who weren’t engaged when they moved in still had slightly higher divorce rates.
  • Your relationship with your in-laws could affect your risk of divorce. Oddly, when a wife has a close relationship with her in-laws, the risk of divorce goes up. When a husband has a close relationship with his in-laws, the risk of divorce goes down.
  • Men are more likely than women to drink alcohol after a divorce. However, married women drink more alcohol than divorce or widowed women—probably because they drink with their husbands.
  • Women who are considering divorce or going through a divorce work more than single women and married women. Researchers believe that this is because they are preparing for life in a one-income household.
  • Researchers determined that you may want to listen to your cold feet. People – especially brides – who reported doubts on their wedding day were more likely to divorce within four years of marriage.

Want to read more divorce study findings? Check out our divorce news section.

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