Studies identify factors that could lead to divorce

Florida couples whose biological parents were divorced may also be more likely to get a divorce. This one of the findings of multiple studies that have looked at factors that may signal that a couple is more likely to end their marriage. Another factor that may increase the chance of divorce is if the couple has dissimilar levels of alcohol consumption.

Couples who get married in their late 20s or early 30s are less likely to get a divorce than those who marry past the age of 32 or in their late teens and early 20s. If the couple has a child within the first seven months of marriage, they are less likely to make it to year 15 of their marriage than couples who wait longer. Furthermore, parents of first-born daughters are more likely to divorce than parents of first-born sons.

When couples have completed bachelor's degrees, they are less likely to divorce than couples who have just high school diplomas or who have not finished college. Attractive couples, couples who spent more than $20,000 on their weddings and women who were not raised in religious households all have a higher chance of divorce than others. First marriages are less likely to end in divorce than subsequent marriages.

When a marriage does end in divorce, elements such as how long the couple has been together and whether they have children may affect the outcome. For example, two people who have been together for a long time may have a number of assets to divide. If there are children, it will be necessary to decide which parent the children will primarily live with or if the children will split time between both parents' homes. Ideally, these points can be negotiated, but in some cases, this is not possible and a couple must turn to a family law court instead.

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