Risk factors that increase the likelihood of divorce

When Florida couples head to the altar, they rarely think about what could go wrong in their future lives as spouses. Marriage is never guaranteed to be easy because it is a very close relationship; as such, it is subject to the vicissitudes of the human condition.

Years of research by psychologists and relationship counselors have established certain behavioral patterns that should be approached as risk factors that could lead to divorce. These factors tend to strain marital relationships in the long run. In some cases, couples do not have control over these risks, but spouses can always choose to work together and overcome these negative factors.

Getting married at an earlier age tends to increase the likelihood of divorce because spouses feel as if they have enough time to find someone else. Another risk factor is related to looks; very attractive couples are more likely to engage in extramarital affairs due to a higher rate of temptation. A prior history of divorce is a classic risk factor because some spouses feel that going through the process of marriage dissolution is something they would be able to endure again. Not surprisingly, substance abuse is another relationship risk factor that can lead to divorce, particularly if one spouse insists on sobriety while the other does not agree with this approach.

When the aforementioned risk factors disrupt a marriage, a divorce could actually improve the former couple's quality of life. The process is not easy, however. Depending on the circumstances, there may be property division, child custody and alimony issues to handle. Florida couples should keep in mind that mediation is always an option when getting divorced, as is the negotiation of a settlement agreement done with the assistance of their respective attorneys.

Source: The Huffington Post, "10 Things That Make You More Likely To Get Divorced", Sarah Klein, Oct. 18, 2017

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