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What are some of the most common predictors of divorce?

On Behalf of | May 27, 2022 | Blog, Divorce

Although married New Jersey couples vow to stay together “til death do us part,” many end up in divorce. Certain things serve as predictors of divorce. These are a few of the most common.

Getting married too young or over age 32

A study on marriage has shown that getting married in your teens or past the age of 32 carries a higher risk of divorce. Researchers followed married couples to determine whether they ended up staying together or divorcing and learned that those who wed in their 20s were more likely to stay married. Those who married very young had higher chances of divorce. The research also discovered that marriage after age 32 carried a 5% increase of divorce risk for each year after.

Lack of education

Couples are more likely to end in divorce if one or both spouses have a lack of education. Not finishing high school is a big predictor of divorce. Meanwhile, the opposite is often true about couples who have spent more time in school. An insufficient education can lead to financial problems among married couples.

Showing contempt for your spouse

Another major predictor of divorce is one spouse showing contempt for the other. When contempt is an issue, it sends the person the message that they are beneath their spouse. It tells them that their spouse doesn’t view them in high regard and doesn’t respect them.

Criticizing your spouse

Criticism is a major factor that can lead to divorce between married couples. When a person continuously criticizes their spouse, it sends the message that the person is less than desirable and can’t do the right thing in any given situation.

Withdrawing during conflict

All married couples fight on occasion. It’s normal and even healthy for arguments to occur once in a while. However, when one person has a habit of withdrawing during a conflict, it can increase the odds of a divorce. Shutting down is seen as a negative when your spouse wants to talk things out.