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Dec
17

Divorce Predictors from The Daily Beast

Anneli Rufus of the Daily Beast talks about 15 divorce predictors. Some of these predictors make sense and others do not.  Read the entire article here:  http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2010/05/19/15-ways-to-predict-divorce.html

Most Believable Divorce Statistics:

  • If you’re a married American, your marriage is between 40 and 50 percent likely to end in divorce.
  • If you argue with your spouse about finances once a week, your marriage is 30 percent more likely to end in divorce than if you argue with your spouse about finances less frequently.
  • If your parents were divorced, you’re at least 40 percent more likely to get divorced than if they weren’t. If your parents married others after divorcing, you’re 91 percent more likely to get divorced.
  • If both you and your partner have had previous marriages, you’re 90 percent more likely to get divorced than if this had been the first marriage for both of you.
  • If you’ve been diagnosed with cervical cancer, your likelihood of getting divorced is 40 percent higher than standard rates.
  • If you have twins or triplets, your marriage is 17 percent more likely to end in divorce than if your children are not multiple births.
  • If you’re a female serial cohabiter—a woman who has lived with more than one partner before your first marriage—then you’re 40 percent more likely to get divorced than women who have never done so.
  • If you’re in a male same-sex marriage, it’s 50 percent more likely to end in divorce than a heterosexual marriage. If you’re in a female same-sex marriage, this figure soars to 167 percent.

Divorce Predictors or Random Statistics?

  • If you’re of “below average” intelligence, you’re 50 percent more likely to be divorced than those of “above average” intelligence.
  • If you’re a woman two or more years older than your husband, your marriage is 53 percent more likely to end in divorce than if he was one year younger to three years older.
  • If you live in Wayne County, Indiana, and are over 15 years old, there’s a 19.2 percent chance that you’ve been divorced.
  • If you live in a red state, you’re 27 percent more likely to get divorced than if you live in a blue state.
  • If only one partner in your marriage is a smoker, you’re 75 percent to 91 percent more likely to divorce than smokers who are married to fellow smokers.
  • If you have a daughter, you’re nearly 5 percent more likely to divorce than if you have a son.
  • If you’re an evangelical Christian adult who has been married, there’s a 26 percent likelihood that you’ve been divorced—compared to a 28 percent chance for Catholics and a 38 percent chance for non-Christians.