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Elements that may increase the likelihood of divorce

Virginia couples that married in their late 20s or early 30s might be more likely to have marriages that last than those that married at earlier or younger ages. Studies have found that the age at which one marries and several other factors might predict a couple's likelihood of getting a divorce. Education level is another determinant of divorce. People who have earned at least a bachelor's degree are less likely to divorce than those who did not complete college.

Couples who have a child within seven months of the wedding have a higher divorce rate than those who wait. If the firstborn child is a girl, the marriage also is more likely to fail. Individuals who have been married before or have divorced parents also are more likely to have failed marriages.

Attractive people divorce more often than those who are average looking. Women with a religious upbringings are more likely to stay married than those who did not have one. Couples with similar alcohol habits are more likely to stay together than ones where one person drinks more than the other. People who spend more than $20,000 on their weddings are more apt to divorce while those who spend under $1,000 are the least likely.

When marriages do end in divorce, there are several issues that a couple must iron out, or they will have to go to court, where a judge will decide. Even if a couple has a prenuptial agreement that spells out their plans for property division, this can be challenged if one person feels the agreement was unfair or he or she was forced into signing it. Some couples may prefer to take a collaborative approach to the divorce since it may give them more control over the final agreement. It also may be a quicker and less costly way of dividing property and reaching an agreement on child custody.

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