Journalist and author Anneli Rufus recently blogged about 15 Ways to Predict Divorce at thedailybeast.com after crunching numbers from a variety of studies on divorce. Here are some of her findings:
Just by being an American, you have a 40-50 percent chance of divorcing.
If you live in a “red state”, you are 27 percent more likely to divorce. This is because red-staters get married at a younger age.
If you squabble with your spouse over money at least one a week, you are 30 percent more likely to divorce than if you argue about finances less often.
Did your parents divorce? The chances that the same fate awaits you are 40 percent higher than for those whose parents stayed married.
Does just one of you smoke? If so, you are 75 to 91 percent more likely to divorce than couples that both smoke.
Couples with a daughter are 5 percent more likely to divorce than those that have a son.
If both of you have been married before, you are 90 percent more likely to get divorced than those who are on their first marriage.
If you are a woman who has lived with more than one partner before marriage, you are 40 percent more likely to divorce.