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When is a Marriage Most Likely to End in Divorce?

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Wheaton divorce lawyer, divorce trends, risk of divorce, divorce process, gray divorceWhen couples get married, they expect to spend the rest of their lives together. And while they may realize divorce is a possibility, they are not likely to expect their marriage to end. However, a significant percentage of marriages do end in divorce, and couples should be aware of the risk factors that can lead to the end of their relationship.

The Riskiest Years for a Marriage

The beginning of a marriage is an especially risky time, and studies show that around 10 percent of divorces occurring within the first two years of marriage. Since the first year of a marriage can often be difficult as couples adjust to living together, they may realize that the marriage was a mistake and decide to end their relationship. Research has also found that men are more likely to be unfaithful during this time, and infidelity is one of the main causes of divorces within the first two years of marriage.

The other most risky period of marriage is after a couple has been married for five to eight years. This may be due to the idea of the “seven year itch,” in which people tend to lose satisfaction with their relationship after around seven years. Children may also be a factor, since by this point in a marriage, a couple is likely to have had kids. During infancy, parents may be focused on caring for their children. However, once they are sure that children will be able to grow up safely and healthily, they may return their focus to their own needs and decide that they no longer wish to remain married.

Times of Moderate and Low Risk

Couples typically have children after they have been married for three to four years, and this may provide stability to their relationship, reducing the risk of divorce. However, the stress of caring for children can also lead to the breakdown of a relationship.

Couples are at the lowest risk of divorce when they have been married for nine to 15 years. By this time, they have settled into their relationship and know what to expect in their married life. The potential emotional and financial difficulty of ending an established relationship is also a factor in the decreased risk of divorce during this time.

Once a couple has been married for 15 to 20 years, the risk of divorce increases somewhat as children get older and begin to move out of the house. Couples who have maintained an unhappy relationship for many years may decide that they do not want to remain married. “Gray divorce,” in which spouses are at least 50 years old, is becoming more common, and infidelity may also be a factor in these cases, since studies have shown that both men and women over the age of 55 are more likely to be unfaithful.

Contact a DuPage County Divorce Attorney

Whether you have been married for one year or 20 years, the skilled, compassionate attorneys of Anderson & Associates, P.C. can provide you with the legal help you need if you decide to dissolve your marriage. If you are considering a divorce or have already begun the divorce process, contact a Wheaton divorce lawyer at 630-653-9400 to schedule a free consultation.




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