Perhaps the biggest factor is how many people attend your wedding: Couples who elope are 12.5x more likely to end up divorced than couples who get married at a wedding with 200 people.Clearly, this shows us that having a large group of family and friends who support the marriage is critically important to long-term marital stability.After running this data through a multivariate model, the authors were able to calculate the factors that best predicted whether a marriage would end in divorce. I highly recommend checking the study out yourself (linked above) to look at all of them.What struck me about this study is that it basically laid out what makes for a stable marriage in the U. First, I’ll orient you on how to read these graphs.The particularly scary part here is that the average cost of a wedding in the U. is well over ,000, which doesn’t bode well for the future of American marriages.In the research paper, the authors suggest that the financial burden incurred by lavish, expensive weddings leads to financial stress for the couple, which ultimately tears the marriage apart.In fact, couples who never go to church are 2x more likely to divorce than regular churchgoers.
The authors of this study polled thousands of recently married and divorced Americans (married 2008 or later) and asked them dozens of questions about their marriage: How long they were dating, how long they were engaged, etc.
Of course, it’s important for us to keep in mind that these are all correlations with marriage stability, and they could be telling us any number of things.
For example, the “how much money you make” correlation could go either way: Either people in stabler marriages are more likely to have a higher income, or couples with a low income could be more likely to divorce.
They were sitting in the dining room, Max was very tense and didn’t expect anything good.
Lately, everything was going wrong in their relationship, but Max didn’t think that it would end with divorce.