What Risk Factors Make Your Marriage More Likely to End in Divorce? (Pt 1)

A tree in the middle of a field being struck by lightening, symbolizing great risk.
Some risks are worth taking if you want the possible outcome badly enough. But what about your marriage? How great is your potential risk of divorce?

In the same way that some people are more likely to get cavities in their teeth, cancer in their skin, or give birth to babies with chromosomal anomalies, there are some people who are more likely to get divorced. Sounds crazy right? How could someone be at a higher risk for divorce the way people are at higher risks for certain diseases or disabilities? The answer to that lies not in your genetics, but in other risk factors that you may not even realize are in play. Curious what those risk factors might be? Let’s take a look at a few of them.

Risk Factors:

Young marriage age increases the risk of divorce:

Believe it or not, being young can actually increase your risk of divorce. Why? There are several reasons, and one of the main ones is because when a person is young they aren’t fully emotionally mature yet, and they haven’t figured themselves out yet. These are both factors in divorce for young people because emotional maturity is needed to consider all options carefully, and not make impulsive or rash decision. 

As for figuring one’s self out, it can be hard to know what you want in a life partner if you don’t even know who you are or what you want for your future yet. Getting married at a very young age, before you’ve had time to develop some emotional maturity or figure out who you are and what you want, can mean increased risk of divorce. 

A family history of divorce can increase the risk of divorce:

It would be incorrect to say that people whose parents got divorced would be destined to get divorced themselves. In the same way that saying people whose parents stayed together will avoid divorce simply because they didn’t come from a broken home. But statistics show that kids whose parents got divorced are more likely to get divorced themselves.

Always remember, however, that it’s possible to break a cycle. Nothing is carved in stone, and you always have the power to actively pursue a different result in your own life. If your parents got divorced, it doesn’t mean you have to. If your marriage is struggling, you can go to marriage counseling, or even personal counseling to address issues that are causing problems in your relationship. 

Are you considering divorce, or do you have questions about the process?

Join us next time for a few more risk factors that could make your marriage more likely to end in divorce. However, until then, if you’re considering ending your marriage, or you’re wondering what it all involves, call us at 866 766 5245. At The Kronzek Firm, our skilled and experienced family lawyers can answer your questions, explain exactly what you can expect, and help you through every stage of the process. We’re available 24/7, including nights and weekends.