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What conclusions can be drawn from divorce statistics?

While it may be tempting to look at the numbers gathered by researchers and try to predict whether your marriage will end in divorce, doing so will likely only drive you crazy. However, if you look closely, there may be a few divorce-related statistics that can provide insight into your relationship.

For instance, according to the Huffington Post, if you and your spouse get divorced it does not necessarily mean that your relationship is over for good. 6 percent of people in this country actually end up remarrying each other after they get divorced. If your divorce is caused by an affair with another person and you end up marrying that other person, chances are that second marriage may not last either, as 75 percent of people who marry their affair partner end up divorcing him or her as well.

There is no perfect age for getting married. However, statistics show that your chances of being divorced actually rise if you have not been married by the age of 32. In addition, it has been shown that if you have a college degree, you are more likely to get married later than those who do not. College graduates enjoy a divorce rate that is 10 to 20 percent lower than those without a degree.

Data also shows that how much you and your spouse spend on your wedding can be a predictor of whether or not your marriage will last. Couples who spend over $20,000 on their nuptials are 3.5 times more likely to end up divorced than those spend only $5,000 to $10,000 on their wedding. Finally, if you and your spouse opted to get married rather than just cohabitate, the odds may be in your favor. 49 percent of couples who live together without being married break up within five years. However, couples who marry have only a 20 percent probability of separating within five years.

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