Marriages are always changing and never stay the same. They either develop and bloom to their full potential or fade out and eventually fail. To make a marriage strong requires continuous efforts from both partners.

If you are having difficulties in your marriage and are feeling dissatisfied, unhappy or are perhaps on the brink of divorce, I will try to assist you in finding the best solution to your marital problems. But for this exercise to be successful, you’ll need to assess honestly the reasons why the marriage is not working.

Ok, so let’s start this week subject and analyze the top 5 factors that greatly increase a couple’s risk of getting divorce:

1) Marrying too young

Age is a huge factor in divorces: the divorce rate for people who married under the age of 20 is alarmingly high (between 80%-85%). Although on occasion an 18 year old can be found to be surprisingly mature, the truth is that puppy love rarely develops into long-lasting relationships.

Marriages are more stable when they started around the mid to late twenties. By that time many individuals have moved out of their parent’s home, started a career and have reached the necessary level of maturity to enter into marriage. Young couples who tie the knot too early often look at marriage through rose-tinted glasses and have unrealistically high expectations of everlasting romance. This in turn makes them ill-equipped to survive the post-honeymoon period and leave them unprepared to face their marital responsibilities.

Fundamentally, immaturity in addition to minimal financial and educational prospects is the strongest catalyst for divorce when people marry too young.

2. Your or your spouse’ parents were divorced

Even though children of divorced parents frequently promise themselves not to repeat the same mistakes, and truly want to prevent themselves and their children going through the painful ordeal of a family break up, statistics show that they are much more likely to go through a divorce themselves. Spouses who are both children of divorced parents are three times more likely to divorce than couples who both come from intact families. The divorce cycle operates a bit like a cascade; being passed on from one generation to the next.

Parental divorce unavoidably has an impact on the offspring’s view of relationships and marital commitment. The more disruptions children experienced when growing up, the more they will tend to duplicate them as adults. Divorce creates an imbalance in their lives which can leave them feeling temporary stigmatized (although nowadays that stigma has drastically been reduced as divorce is a lot more common).

3. Childless marriage or children from a previous relationship

As the family size increases, so does marital stability. Childless married couples are significantly more likely to divorce. This is often due to loneliness, but also to the fact that with no children to take into consideration, there is significantly less incentive to keep on fighting for the marriage.

When a marriage includes children from a previous relationship, the dynamics of the blended family are far more complicated than those of a traditional family. Getting the kids to get along with your spouse and his or her children in daily life situations can be very challenging for a couple. Parenting skills and discipline might differ drastically between partners and can become a source of conflict.

It is more difficult to nurture a marriage in a step-family, because from the outset you don’t get undivided “couple time”. The partner who is not the child biological parent can find himself/herself competing with a child for the other partner’s attention.

4. Cohabitation before marriage

In today’s culture of always “trying it before buying it”, it seems sensible and logical that couples would decide to live together prior to getting married. Many people see pre-marital cohabitation as a good way of testing out the relationship. Consequently, you might be inclined to think (like I was) that by “road testing” their relationship and making sure that they can cohabit in harmony these couples would stand a better chance at marriage success?

Wrong. Numerous researchers have found that couples who cohabit prior to getting married do actually worse and have higher rate of divorce than those who didn’t cohabit prior to getting married.

Sociologists suggest that by cohabiting prior to marriage, couples no longer see marriage as a sacred bond. “Shaking up” as it used to be called makes living together seems less permanent. Therefore, many people think that they can simply “get out of it” if it doesn’t work.

Sometimes couples who cohabit with no clear marital commitment can find themselves slipping into marriage simply due to the fact that they are already living together.

5. Low socio-economic status

Money is one of the top cause of divorce and a major contributor to the break up of families. Constant lack of money creates a strain on a couple’s marriage. This in turn triggers arguments and marital tension. Constant worries and stresses associated with financial insecurity and economic needs greatly contribute to the downfall of marriages.

People on low income are more likely to separate and divorce than those on middle or high income. They have less time to spend about making a life and concentrate instead on making a living.

The 5 factors I have analyzed above have been proven by sociologists and researchers to be the main factors that increase the likelihood of divorce in a couple. Having said that, if these factors are addressed and taken into consideration by both spouse early on in their matrimonial union, the marriage can still succeed.

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