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Factors that could lead to a higher risk of divorce

There are of course many things that could lead to a couple in the United States divorcing. Statistically, there are certain factors that could make that risk higher. These include:

  • Education level
  • Employment status
  • Age
  • Ethnicity

According to data provided by Flowing Data, people who are more highly educated are less likely to divorce. Specifically, at the age of 60, where couples who are highly educated are concerned, the number of men who divorce is 13 percent and the number of women, 19 percent. On the other end of the spectrum, men who have a high school education account for 25 percent of the divorces. A total of 22 percent of women with that level of education have gone through a divorce. It is interesting to note that the rate is higher for women than man, later in life. This is a change from when they are younger.

The second factor is employment status. Perhaps unsurprisingly, the lack of a job correlates with a higher risk of divorce. That number is lower for unemployed individuals below the age of 30 or in their seventies and above. As is the case with education, as women get older, they are more likely than men to divorce.

Where ethnicity is concerned, men of Asian descent are least likely to divorce. On the other end of the spectrum, Native American women are the most likely to experience a failed marriage.

Of course people of all ages, genders, ethnicity and employment situations decide to end their marriages. Regardless of which demographic you fit into, if you are in the midst of a divorce, you should always take steps to protect your interests in matters such as the division or property. Working with a lawyer is a good way to do this.

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