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Top 10 Questions to Determine if You are At Risk for a Divorce

Hopefully, You Will Answer No

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If you answer "yes" to these questions, then you are statistically a higher risk for divorce than couples who have more realistic expectations of one another and their marriage, communicate well, use conflict resolution skills, and are compatible with one another.

1. Did you marry at an early age?

If you wait until you are at least 25 years old to get married, your chances of having a successful marriage increase.
 

 

2. Did you not graduate from high school?

Individuals who have higher education have lower divorce rates.
More Ways to Give Your Marriage a Good Start

3. Are you in a low-income bracket?

Money makes a difference. If your incomes together are at least $50,000, you have a 68% chance of reaching your 15th wedding anniversary.
Financial Advice Married Couples May Not Want to Hear

4. Are you in an interfaith marriage?

This doesn't necessarily doom your marriage, but it is important that you are each devoted to your own faiths and that you don't try to convert one another.

26 Common Interfaith Marriage Mistakes

5. Did your parents divorce?

Your divorced parents raise your odds of getting a divorce by 14%. This isn't something you can change, but your awareness of the issues their divorce created in your life can make a difference in your own marriage.
Family of Origin Issues and Baggage

6. Do you criticize or nag one another?

Don't. Lack of respect and lack of affirmation can tear the two of you apart quickly. Bickering doesn't help either!
Why Nagging Doesn't Work

 

7. Does your spouse refuse to share chores around the house?

This is a huge red flag. Many spouses won't put up with carrying the whole load of chores alone for the long term.
Biggest Mistake You Can Make Regarding Chores

8. Did you attend a premarital education class?

Attending premarital classes or counseling cuts a couple's odds of getting a divorce by a third. You can still get marriage education by attending marriage encounters or workshops.
Premarriage Questions List

9. Are you in a second marriage?

If your communication skills are lacking, dealing with the issues of ex-spouses and stepchildren can create a lot of division in your marriage.
Is a Second Time Around Realistic For You?

10. Are you dealing with infidelity, alcoholism, drug issues, or physical abuse?

Without professional help, your marriage probably doesn't have a chance. Don't wait too long to see a marriage counselor or therapist. 
Can Your Marriage Survive a Cheating Spouse? Should It?

 

You Can Lower the Odds of Getting a Divorce

When it comes to protecting your marriage against the pain and heartache of a divorce, there are no easy answers, but there are ways to try and lower the odds of being divorced, Remembering to show respect for each other, being honest, and making time for each other are tremendously important.

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