Social scientists say these warning signs could predict divorce

Even though divorce rates in the U.S. have dropped to a 40-year low, there is still no way to know for sure if a couple will stand the test of time.

However, Business Insider has boiled down what social scientists think are the best indicators when predicting divorce. 

Age is unsurprisingly one of the most important determinants of marital survival rate. 

Couples who marry in their teens, as well as adults who marry after 32 are at an increasingly higher risk. 

Unfortunately, not finishing high school also increases divorce rate, along with whether or not the husband is working full time. 

High-paying jobs with the worst divorce rates
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High-paying jobs with the worst divorce rates

10. Actuaries

Divorce rate: 17 percent

9. Physical scientists

Divorce rate: 18.9 percent

8. Medical/Life scientists

Divorce rate: 19.6 percent

7. Clergy

Divorce rate: 19.8 percent

6. Software developers

Divorce rate: 20.3 percent 

5. Physical Therapists

Divorce rate: 20.7 percent 

4. Optometrists

Divorce rate: 20.8 percent

3. Chemical engineers

Divorce rate: 21.1 percent

2. Directors (Religious activities and education)

Divorce rate: 21.3 percent

1. Physicians

Divorce rate: 21.8 percent


Believe it or not, the way in which couples fight is a huge indicator as well.

Being defensive or stopping a conversation with the silent treatment are dangerous moves, as well as shutting down or withdrawing during a conflict.

Of course, if you describe your relationship negatively that is a huge warning sign. But, surprisingly, too much affection early on can indicate marital troubles later.

All in all, take note before you say, “I do.”


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