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What can we learn from divorce statistics and studies?

It seems that every day, a new study or report comes out attempting to predict or explain divorce. In reality, though, these studies are likely not going to prevent a divorce, and no one should make decisions about their marriages and relationships based on statistics.

However, certain studies and findings can reveal trends or behaviors that can help people plan ahead if they are getting divorced. For instance, Raleigh residents might glean some interesting information from a recent article on five possible predictors of divorce.

According to the article, the possible predictors of divorce include: age and demographics, infidelity, contempt, and emotional instability. 

Age and demographics

Men and women who marry younger, are not religious and do not have advanced degrees could face a higher risk of divorce. People fitting these criteria may be more interested in securing quick, cost-effective divorce. This often includes avoiding litigation and keeping the process as amicable as possible.

Infidelity

Studies suggest there is a greater chance of divorce when a spouse is unfaithful. This can be important to think about, as courts in North Carolina can take infidelity and other types of martial misconduct into consideration when it comes to matters like awarding alimony. North Carolina also has causes of action for alienation of affection and criminal conversation where you can sue the person your spouse cheated on you with for monetary damages. 

Contempt

Spouses who don't like each other or have contempt for one another often wind up divorcing. In these situations, fights can be especially combative and options like mediation may not be effective without considerable assistance from attorneys and mediators.

Emotional instability

If one or both people in a marriage are unstable emotionally, then there could be a higher chance for divorce. Under these circumstances, one or both spouses can be unreasonable or feel threatened. Having a compassionate attorney on your side can help you through the divorce process. 

Whether you are dealing with some, all or none of these factors in your own divorce, it can be helpful to consider how they might affect the process itself. Of course, every case and every person is different, so it is best to not make generalizations or assumptions about your specific situation based on statistics and instead discuss the details of your case with an experienced attorney.

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