There are a lot of myths and assumptions surrounding the causes for divorce. Is the biggest reason infidelity? Is it because couples are choosing to live together prior to marriage? Is marriage not taken as seriously anymore? Are half of all marriages ending in divorce? Research compiled by the Utah State University delved into these questions. This article will briefly go over the results.
Young couples are far more likely to become divorced than older couples. The rates for divorce are very high for teenage and young couples. The divorce rates start to normalize once couples reach ages 21 and 22. Additionally, the study found that couples with high school education or less divorced at higher rates than those with some college credits. This possibly relates to better interpersonal skills gained while attending school as adults but also feeds into another common reason for divoce; income.
The research found that money, something that all couples fight about, is a big reason that leads to divorce. Specifically, couples that earn less income are more likely to get divorced than higher wage-earning couples. The research further indicated that living together before marriage is often considered a factor that leads to divorce however it is more complicated. Couples that live with roommates before marriage have a higher likelihood of divorce but couples that live on their own do not. It also found that children born outside of marriage also put severe stresses on the relationship. A little more than one-third of all children are born outside of marriage and very few of those couples get married ? in fact many of them break up.
Divorce is a difficult decision for any family, even if the marriage never felt right, it is a momentous decision to make. If you are considering divorce or going through the process, you may want to talk to a family law lawyer. Divorce is a big decision that implicates many different areas of your life from children, income and assets. An attorney can help you through the process so you don't have to do it alone.