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Predicting divorce

There is no way to say for sure whether a married couple in Virginia or elsewhere will get a divorce. However, there are certain factors that can indicate that it may be likely.

The age at which a couple gets married may influence their chances of getting a divorce. According to research from a University of Utah professor, teenage couples and couples who are at least 32 years of age have a greater chance of getting a divorce than couples whose ages range from their late 20s to early 30s. The risk of getting a divorce increases by nearly 5 percent annually after the age of 32.

Couples in which the husband is not employed full time also have an increased likelihood of getting divorced. A 2016 study conducted by a Harvard University researcher indicated that couples with husbands who did not work full time had a 3.3 percent chance of getting a divorce in the next year while couples with husbands who had a full-time job had a 2.5 percent chance. A couple's chances of getting a divorce were not significantly affected by the wife's employment status.

According to a post on the Bureau of Labor Statistics' website, which references a 1979 National Longitudinal Survey of Youth, people with more education have a lower chance of their marriages failing. More than 50 percent of married people who did not finish high school got a divorce while about 30 percent of the marriages of people who graduated college ended in divorce.

A family law attorney may litigate and negotiate to protect the rights of clients who are getting divorced and obtain favorable settlement terms. Individuals also may consult an attorney regarding uncontested divorces and how to ensure that their interests are protected.

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