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What factors might make divorce less likely?

Many of our readers in Pennsylvania have probably heard the common refrain that half of all marriages in America end in divorce. But, these statistics are hard to pin down. The reality is that no one goes into a marriage thinking that there might be a 50% chance that it won’t last. So, what factors might make a divorce less likely?

Well, according to a recent report, there are actually quite a few factors. One study took a look at the rate of divorces in America on a state-by-state basis. The study found a number of factors that indicate a relationship is likely to be healthy, and less likely to end in a divorce.

For starters, if a couple experiences less overall stress, the likelihood of a divorce apparently decreases. Stress, as we all know, can come from a wide variety of sources, such as financial difficulties and family drama. If these sources of stress are not present in a marriage, a divorce may be less likely.

A specific form of financial stress is student loan debt. The study found that the lower the amount of student loan debt that a couple deals with, the better. What is probably equally obvious is that the higher the household income for the married couple, the less likely divorce will be. It seems quite a bit of the determining factors of the health of a marriage are tied to financial security.

However, financial security isn’t everything. The study also found that couples who feel physically safe may be less likely to divorce as well. Lastly, another study found that couples who wait until they are older to get married – closer to 30 – are less likely to end in a divorce.