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Studies examine factors in divorce

People in Maryland who have not finished high school might be more likely to get a divorce than those with a higher level of educational attainment. This is one of a number of findings in multiple studies that have looked at factors in divorce risk.

Couples with age gaps might be more vulnerable to divorce along with those who marry in their teens. Couples who get married after the age of 32 are also more likely to divorce than those who marry in their late 20s. If a husband does not work full time, this increases the likelihood that the marriage will end, although this does not seem to be related to income level.

One study found that couples who were the most affectionate as newlyweds were more likely to be divorced after seven years than other couples. This could be because this degree of romantic intensity is difficult to sustain. Contempt toward one another has been identified as a risk factor in divorce. When couples fall into a pattern in which one keeps pressuring the other to talk while the other pulls away more and more, they are also more likely to end the marriage. Another study asked couples to talk about their relationship and found that those who spoke about it more negatively had a higher chance of divorce.

Once a couple decides to move ahead with a divorce, there may be a number of considerations. They might need to divide property and work out a plan for child custody. One might owe spousal support to the other as well as child support. The couple might want to try to negotiate an agreement with their attorneys. This leaves them more in control of the outcome. However, if there is a great deal of conflict between the two already, litigation may be necessary.

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