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7 divorce facts you should know before you say 'I do'

Divorce rates in 2015 were lower than they had been in the past four decades. Bowling Green State University's data showed that for every 1,000 women in 2015, there were 16.9 divorces. Below, you'll find some facts about divorce that you should consider before you marry, but it's important to remember that no two weddings or divorces are the same.

  1. Couples who marry when they are in their late 20s may have less of a chance of divorcing.
  2. Couples who are closer in age have a lower risk of divorcing. Couples who have a 10-year difference in their ages are 39 percent more likely to divorce. A five-year difference in ages makes these couples 18 percent more likely to divorce.
  3. Husbands who do not work full-time have a higher risk of divorcing. Two and a half percent of couples where the husband worked full-time were not as likely to divorce.
  4. The more you spend on your wedding, the higher risk of divorcing. However, couples who had more than 200 people at their weddings were 92 percent less likely to get a divorce than couples who didn't have anyone attend the wedding.
  5. Women with three to nine sexual partners were less likely to divorce. Women who had 10 or more sexual partners, however, were likely to divorce.
  6. Infidelity, domestic violence and alcohol or drug abuse are common reasons for divorce. Also included were a lack of commitment and too much arguing or conflict.
  7. Couples who look at each other with contempt are more likely to divorce. Viewing your spouse as "beneath you" is a common predictor for divorce.

Any of the above reasons could be why you are considering a divorce -- or it could be something else entirely. You may need to seek therapy to truly determine what caused your divorce. In the meantime, an attorney can help you determine what you want from your divorce, including custody, child support, alimony and property division.

Source: Business Insider, "13 facts about divorce every couple should know before getting married," Shana Lebowitz, Aug. 18, 2017

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