Scientific Signs You're Headed For Divorce

March 12, 2018

Unless you own a crystal ball or have a grandmother with that perfect relationship intuition, it's hard to tell if a couple that says "I do" will actually stay together "Til death do us part." There are researchers out there who've dedicated their lives to studying relationships, and they've discovered several patterns that can predict the success of your marriage. Here are some signs you're headed for divorce, according to science:
 

You're Married Before Age 20 or After 32

I'm 34, so that means I'm destined to die alone! Research from the University of Utah found that couples are far less likely to get divorced if they're married between their 20's and early 30's. Once you hit age 32, however, your chances for divorce increase by 5% every year, so don't wait too long!

 

The Husband Doesn't Work Full Time

"The man is the breadwinner" idea feels like it should be an outdated concept by now, but it's still alive and well according to research from a 2016 Harvard study. They found that couples where the man didn't have a full-time job were more likely to divorce than couples that did. Meanwhile, women's employment status had little impact on couples divorcing.

 

Showing Contempt Toward Your Spouse

Yeah, if you have negative thoughts about your spouse pretty often that would definitely be a sign that your marriage is on the brink of disaster. A Psychologist from the University Of Washington did a study that identified four core behaviors that predict divorce: contempt, criticism, defensiveness and stonewalling.

 

Showing Too Much Affection As A Newlywed

We all know those new couples who are over the top in their affection in person and on social media, so much that it feels like they're trying too hard to convince the world that everything's just peachy; a study found those types of couples are more likely to divorce. Another study says the first two years of marriage determine the relationship's success, and that newlyweds who are over-the-top giddy are more prone to divorce because it's impossible to maintain that level of emotional intensity longterm.