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Predict if you’ll divorce

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!

Andrew Woolley

Divorce Solicitor


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