Could you become a divorce statistic?

There are fewer divorcing couples in the United States now than in past decades. More importantly, California residents may be surprised to learn that the state has some of the lowest divorce rates in the country.

Still, divorces do occur. It may be helpful to learn which factors influence the divorce rate.

Age at marriage

Perhaps unsurprisingly, those who get married after 25 have a better chance of staying wed than those who marry at a younger age. The marital "sweet spot" appears to be between the ages of 28 and 32.

Race

One survey from 2014 suggests that race can be a factor in the divorce rates. Among women surveyed, Asians had the fewest divorces. Hispanic women came in at second place, followed by Caucasian women, with African-American women divorcing at the highest rates.

ReligionHaving a belief system can stabilize a marriage on the rocks. However, one Pew survey discovered that among divorced individuals, nearly three-quarters of those studied claimed to be Christians. Only 20 percent said they were atheist or agnostic.

EducationThose with college degrees divorce with less frequency than those who never completed or attended college.

Children

Couples with kids are less likely to divorce. However, that doesn't necessarily mean they are any happier. Data indicates that married parents report a decline in their satisfaction with life, as well as in their happiness.

Before filing, learn your options

Regardless of the statistics, if it's your own marriage that's on the rocks, you need to prepare yourself. Don't get caught unaware. Learn all you can about your rights and responsibilities under the law so that you make an informed decision about whether or not to end your marriage.

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