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How studies predict divorce

Nevada couples who have a ten-year age difference might be more likely to get a divorce than couples who are closer in age. This and some other factors have been identified as increasing the likelihood of divorce. For example, couples who marry in their teens or after their early 30s are more likely to divorce than people who marry in their late 20s.

If a husband does not work full-time, divorce is more likely. Divorce is also higher among couples who did not finish high school. While the latter may be related to the stress caused by a lower income, the former does not seem to be correlated to income. The reason may be that there is still a perception that men should be breadwinners.

There are also emotional factors that point to a risk of divorce. Some couples fall into a pattern in which one presses the other on issues while the other withdraws, and these couples tend to be at a higher risk for divorce. Contempt has been identified as one attitude couples may hold toward one another that is a predictor of divorce. When a couple's narrative about their marriage is a negative one, this also suggests that divorce may be more likely. Finally, the couples who are most affectionate when they first marry are more likely to divorce later.

If couples are contemptuous toward each other or one is withdrawing from the other, it might be difficult to negotiate a divorce agreement. However, this approach can have advantages including giving the couple more control over the outcome. If there is a lot of conflict, the couple might still be able to reach an agreement on property division and child custody through mediation. Unlike litigation, which takes an adversarial approach to divorce, mediation works toward a cooperative solution that is good for both parties.