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4 Things That Can Increase Your Chances of Getting an Illinois Divorce

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Statistics on the divorce rate are often vague and difficult to understand, and they may change depending on the source you consult. While some sources state that more than half of marriages end in divorce, others estimate that the divorce rate is actually somewhere between 40 and 50 percent. While the numbers can be debated, most sources agree on a few of the most common factors that are prevalent in many divorces. While these factors are not a guarantee that your marriage will not stand the test of time, their presence has been linked to the increased probability of divorce. Here are a few of the most common elements that can affect your odds of marital success:

  1. You Were Young When You Got Married

Many studies conducted have concluded that getting married at a very young age can be a predictor that your marriage will not last. A study in the Journal of Marriage and Family concluded that those who were married in their teens or early 20s had a higher chance of getting divorced than couples who waited until they were in their late 20s or 30s. This may be due to a lack of maturity or simply growing apart as spouses get older. 

  1. You Had a Child Before You Were Married

Having a child before you tied the knot has also been linked to a higher divorce rate. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) states that women in their first marriage who waited at least eight months after their wedding to have a baby were more likely to make it to their 15th wedding anniversary than women who had a baby in the first seven months or prior to their marriage. The responsibility of having a child can put a strain on any relationship, especially for couples who were not ready to marry. 

  1. You or Your Spouse Have Been Married Before

If you or your spouse have previously been married, that could be an indication that your marriage will end in divorce. According to data from the CDC, about 35 percent of first marriages end within 10 years, while second marriages have about a 40 percent chance of ending in divorce within the first 10 years. Marital problems such as substance abuse or domestic violence can be prevalent the second or third time down the aisle, thus leading to the end of another marriage. 

  1. Your Parents Were Divorced

If your parents went through a divorce when you were a kid, you are also more likely to get a divorce. At first, this was thought to be because children who see their parents divorce have a higher likelihood to go through a divorce themselves. However, a new study involving 20,000 adopted Swedish adults found that their divorce patterns were most similar to their biological parents, rather than their adoptive parents.

Contact a Yorkville Prenuptial Agreement Attorney

While none of the above factors can predict with 100 percent accuracy that you will get a divorce, they can be an indicator of the likelihood of marital distress. If you have been contemplating divorce, or if you just want to make sure your future is planned out, you should speak to a knowledgeable Kendall County divorce lawyer. At the Law Office of Matthew M. Williams, P.C., we can discuss your options with you for divorce or for proactive planning, such as drafting a prenuptial agreement. Call our office today at 630-409-8184 to schedule your confidential consultation.




The Law Office of Matthew M. Williams, P.C.


1444 North Farnsworth Avenue, Suite 307, Aurora, IL 60505

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