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Signs Your Marriage Might Not Last

 Posted on February 13, 2014 in Divorce

infidelity social media cheating divorceWhile every newlywed couple would like to believe that their marriage will beat the odds and last forever, nearly 50 percent of all married couples end up filing for divorce. After years of studying both successful and failed marriages, the American Psychological Association has identified several factors that may indicate a marriage is more likely to end in divorce.

 According to the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS), demographics may play an important role in predicting whether a marriage will last until its 20th wedding anniversary. Statistics show that African-American women have the lowest chance of a lasting marriage, at 37 percent, while Caucasian men and women, as well as African-American men's chances stand at just over 50 percent. Male Hispanic immigrants and Asian women stand the highest chance of achieving a lasting marriage, at 70 percent.

A couple's financial situation also plays a vital role in determining whether the marriage will last. According to a study completed by the University of Virginia's National Marriage Project, couples with little or no assets are as much as 70 percent more likely to divorce within three years than those who have at least $10,000 in assets. This comes as little surprise to most marital therapists, who state that money and finances represent the most common source of tension in most marriages.

Finally, education also appears to play a role in the longevity of a marriage. Women who have a bachelor's degree have a 78 percent chance at achieving a lasting marriage. Women with a bachelor's degree only have a 41 percent chance. This may be due in part to age; the NCHS has shown that couples who marry before age 20 are more likely to divorce as well.

Every couple wants to believe their marriage will last; unfortunately, this isn't always possible. If you are considering filing for divorce, it is important that you contact an experienced Texas divorce attorney for help. We can ensure that the process goes smoothly for both you and your family.

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