It's the question we'd all love to have answered: why do marriages fall apart? A recently released infographic (below) from The National Marriage Project offers data towards this end and also suggest the steps we can take to avoid divorce.
According to the infographic, titled "When Marriage Disappears," if you want a long-lasting marriage, you should have a college degree, be over the age of 25, have a baby 7 months into your marriage, have a religious affiliation, a decent-paying job and have parents who are still married. Here, the answer is obvious: marriages fall apart because we don't have all or many of those things. How To Beat The Odds: Tips From The Very Married
By now, you might be thinking, If we make sure to possess those six factors, will we avoid divorce? Maybe, maybe not. Marriage, unfortunately, isn't an exact science. And as much as we try to quantify the experience, it remains unique to every couple.
Still, it's easy to see how many of these factors would contribute to a lasting union. Nothing troubles a marriage like money issues, for example, so it makes sense that those with a higher education and decent income might have less pressure than a couple struggling to make ends meet. We'd love to see more research into each of these factors, as the last we checked, studies show babies make couples unhappier, at least initially. Should You Stay Married for the Kids?
What are your tips for a long-lasting marriage?