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Some unexpected factors may increase likelihood of a divorce

On Behalf of | Oct 27, 2017 | Divorce |

It isn’t always easy to keep a marriage together, and a number of studies have found links to factors that may make divorce more likely. Florida couples might want to be aware of these risk factors, as knowledge may lead to a better understanding of the situation. People are more likely to get divorced if their parents were divorced, for example, or if they got married young.

A study published by Psychological Science found that marriage and divorce patterns were similar between children and their parents. Even in situations where a person had been adopted, his or her marriage and divorce patterns were likely to reflect the patterns of the biological parents, suggesting nature may be more important than nurture in this case.

An analysis sponsored by the Institute of Family Studies found that couples who were married in their teens or early 20s have a higher risk of divorcing than couples who were married in their late 20s or early30s. Waiting until age 33 or later may also increase divorce risk, according to the analysis.

Additionally, there is data that indicates a higher likelihood of divorce for couples whose first child is a girl. Statisticians have been aware of this trend for years, and it has often been attributed to a sexist preference for male children among fathers. According to a 2014 study, though, it may be that female children are more likely to be born to couples whose relationship is already strained, thanks to the female survival advantage. The reasons behind a divorce are nearly always complex and unique to the particular circumstances of the couple. People in Florida who are facing the end of a marriage might want to have the assistance of a family law attorney when attempting to negotiate a settlement agreement that covers property division and other applicable issues.