What Increases Your Chances Of Divorce?

Posted on Jun 19, 2010
Ever wonder if scientists could have predicted your divorce before you were even married? In a new book, For Better or Worse: The Science of a Good Marriage, author Tara Parker-Hope explores the research conducted to date regarding reasons for divorce, successful marriages, and indicators of relationships that work. While the divorce rate continues to fall in Washington State, and while parents are getting better and better at choosing a lifemate, there is still much we don’t know about what creates a working marriage and what leads to divorce.

Here are a few facts and figures that we do know:

•    The current divorce rate in the United States is about 45 percent – the lowest it has been since the 1970s.
•    Red states have higher divorce rates than blue states, possibly because these states have cultures that includes marriage at a younger age.
•    If your parents are divorced, you are 40 percent more likely to go through a divorce yourself. If your parents remarried, you are over 90 percent more likely to go through a divorce.
•    If you have been divorced before, you have a 90 percent higher chance of becoming divorced again in the future.
•    Families with daughters are slightly more at risk for divorce than families with sons.
•    Couples in which the women is three or more years older have a 50 percent higher chance of divorce than couples in which the woman is only one year older or in which the man is up to three years older.
•    Couples tested as having below average intelligence are 50 percent more likely to get divorced than couple who tested as having above average intelligence.
•    If you have twins or multiple births, your marriage is 17 percent more likely to end in divorce.

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