Researchers at Australian National University set out to discover what makes couples stick together and ended up with a long list of circumstances that make couples more likely to split up.
For six years, the study tracked 2,500 couples who were married or living together. Some factors that influence a relationship's staying power include:
- Age: A husband who is nine or more years older than his wife is twice as likely to get divorced. The same goes for a husband who marries before 25.
- Children: One-fifth of couples who have kids before marriage (either from a previous relationship or the same relationship) separated, compared to nine percent of couples without children born before marriage.
- Parents: Sixteen percent of people whose parents separated or divorced experienced marital separation, compared to 10 percent of those whose parents never separated.
- Past relationships: Partners who are on their second or third marriages are 90 percent more likely to separate than those on their first marriage.
- Smoking: When only one partner smokes, a couple is more likely to split up.
Are you surprised by any of these findings?
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