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Predicting divorce

There is no way to determine with complete accuracy which Arizona couples will get divorced. However, social scientists have determined that there are certain factors that can determine who may be more likely.

The age at which a couple gets married is a factor that can contribute to a divorce. According to research, teenagers and individuals in their mid-30s who marry are more likely to get a divorce than couples are whose ages range from the late 20s to early 30s. The odds of people who get married after the age of 32 years old divorcing increases each year by about 5 percent.

Another indicator of divorce is when the husband does not work full time. According to the results of a 2016 Harvard University study, which examined heterosexual couples who married after 1975, couples with husbands that were not employed full time had a 3.3 percent likelihood of getting a divorce in the following year. When the husband was a full-time worker, the chances of a couple divorcing in the subsequent year were lower at 2.5 percent.

Research also indicates that couples with higher education levels are at less risk for getting divorced. The Bureau of Labor Statistics published a post on its website, referencing a 1979 study that showed more than half of the marriages with spouses that had not graduated high school ended in divorce while just 30 percent of the marriages of college graduates failed.

An attorney that practices family law may work to protect the interests and rights of clients that are getting a divorce. Litigation may be used to obtain desirable settlement terms concerning spousal support, asset division or child custody.

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