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Outside factors affect one's chances of divorce

The national divorce rate has been on the decline in recent years, as has the divorce rate in Texas. While at one time almost half of all marriages ended in divorce, in recent years that number has dropped to between 42 and 45 percent. Many couples today are waiting to tie the knot until they are older, more financially secure and more certain of their relationship. This decision positively affects their likeliness of staying married. There are several factors other than age that impact one's chances of eventually divorcing.

Perhaps the most significant impact on one's likeliness of divorce is the example set by his or her parents. According to a family and consumer studies professor, children whose parents divorce are 40 percent more likely to one day do so as well. An even more staggering statistic is that children who have at least one parent that remarries have a 91 percent higher chance of one day becoming divorcees.

Location, location, location -- it doesn't just apply to real estate. It turns out that where someone grows up has a direct correlation to the likeliness he or she will one day divorce. People who are raised in conservative "red" states such as Texas are 27 percent more likely to get a divorce. This is partly due to the tendency for those raised in these areas to marry at a younger age.

Can the gender of children affect the chances their parents will stay married? Yes, couples with daughters are more likely to part ways. Also, religion affects one's likeliness to divorce as does smoking. If only one spouse smokes, that couple is more likely to split than a couple who either both smoke or are both nonsmokers.

There are many factors that impact whether a couple will stay married or divorce. No one can accurately calculate a couple's chances of a lasting marriage as there are too many variables, and people are anything but predictable. When things just don't work out, and one spouse decides to move on, the first step is to consult with an experienced divorce attorney. A knowledgeable attorney can serve as a legal representative and guide throughout the entire process, minimizing stress and helping the client obtain a favorable settlement.

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