Causes of Divorce Essay

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Cause of divorce To say that nearly half of all first marriages end in divorce sounds a lot like saying marriage is just a game of chance. But a lot of research has identified various factors that are associated with a higher risk for divorce. So some people actually have a low risk of divorce while others have a high risk. Understanding these factors may not directly help you improve your marriage or make a decision about divorce, but it may help you understand why you may be facing some challenges. Of course, these factors do not guarantee that you will divorce; they simply increase your risk. Here are some factors that appear to increase the risk of divorce the most. But it is not a complete list of risk factors. Young age. Marriage at a very young age increases the likelihood of divorce, especially in the early years of marriage. Those who marry in their teens have much higher divorce rates. By about age 21 or 22, however, that risk goes down dramatically. Utahns do tend to marry young compared to the national average. The average age at first marriage for Utah is 22 for women and 23 for men. Those who delay marriage until their 20s are probably more mature and able to make better marriage decisions and handle the challenges of married life better than those who marry in their teens. Less education. Researchers have estimated that individuals who have some college education (vs. not finishing high school) have a lower chance of divorce. Utahns are more likely to graduate from high school and get some college education than Americans in general. Apparently, investing in education is a good way to build a foundation for a better marriage, not just a better job. Less income. Closely related to education is income. Researchers have estimated that individuals with annual incomes of more than $50,000 have a lower chance of divorce (compared to individuals with

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