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When you're on the cusp of saying "I do," the last thing you want to do is think about divorce. But when you consider the fact that nearly a third of marriages end in divorce, it would behoove both you and your partner to fully understand and reflect upon what marriage in America entails. At the very least, understanding certain facts about divorce can help you to answer some very important questions about your relationship, such as What makes divorce more likely? or How can I make sure my relationship doesn't end in divorce?
While there are no guarantees, Business Insider dug into years of marriage and divorce research to address some of your pressing queries. Remember, though, that these studies merely offer general takeaways about relationships and in no way serve as a crystal ball for your future marriage. With that being said, here's what science has to say about divorce in America:
- According to research from the University of Utah, you're less likely to get divorced if you marry in your late 20s.
- This year's findings presented at the American Sociological Association uncovered divorce spikes in March and August.
- Harvard says that husbands who work less are more likely to file for divorce.
- A 2015 study published in the Western Economic Association International found that couples close in age were more likely to have long, fulfilling marriages.
- That same WEAI study also found a link between lavish, over-the-top weddings and higher divorce rates.
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