Personally, I'd only want to predict if I would divorce, if the answer were to be “no”! But from my 25 years as a divorce lawyer I do know that many people would indeed like to predict this, especially those going into a second or third (or more) marriage.
Well, there is a high rate of divorce anyway. There is argument about how to calculate it but let's say it is about 40%. Not a good start! Experts then say these are some of the major risk factors:
Neuroticism (Kelly & Conley, 1987)
Premarital cohabitation (Thomson & Colella, 1992)
Parental divorce (Glenn & Kramer, 1987)
Previous divorce of husbands (Aguirre & Parr, 1982)
Communication positivity/negativity (Markman, 1981)
Religious dissimilarity (Maneker & Rankin, 1993)
Not pooling finances (Kurdek, 1993)
Knowing one another only a short time before marriage (Kurdek, 1993)
Young age at time of marriage (Booth & Edwards, 1985; Martin & Bumpass, 1989)
A lack of support from friends and family for the marriage (Kurdek, 1991)
Attitude dissimilarity (Kurdek, 1993; Larson & Olson, 1989).
What do you think would be the main risk factors? Post your views below!