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Can New Jersey couples predict their divorce?

When a couple is busy planning a wedding, they are likely giddy with excitement. The last thing on most engaged couple's minds is the possibility of a divorce in the future, but for many couples, it is a potential reality. New Jersey couples who are considering getting married may be interested in recent studies that may be able to predict a future divorce.

Social scientists have been studying married people who have also been divorced to determine if a prediction can be made on whether a couple will remain married. In their research, they found several factors that can increase the chances of divorce. Education and employment are two important factors in whether a marriage will make it. The less education a couple has, the less likely they will remain married. In addition, a husband's lack of employment can lead to divorce court, although studies indicate that a wife's employment status typically has no effect on the stability of a marriage.  

Scientists say that data may indicate that the age when a couple gets married can be another prediction of a potential divorce. It is probably not a surprise to many, but teenage marriages have a higher possibility to end in divorce than most other couples. What is surprising is that marriage after the age of 32 may make it more difficult to stay married.

Many couples will defy the odds even if they are considered a couple at risk for divorce and remain married their entire lives. Sadly, many will not defy the odds. Couples that are contemplating divorce can be advised by a skilled family law attorney in New Jersey of how to proceed through the difficult time.

Source: sfgate.com, "8 things science says predict divorce", Shana Lebowitz, March 11, 2018

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