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Risk factors for getting a divorce

Although most Texas couples get married with the intent to stay happily married for the rest of their lives, the fact is that about half of all marriages end in divorce. While there is never 100 percent certainty that a couple will get a divorce, there are several risk factors that have been identified.

One major risk factor is getting married before the age of 20 or after the age of 32. The risk of getting divorced is higher for those who married as teens. Discrepancy in ages can also be a risk factor: Those who have at least a 5-year difference are 18 percent more likely to divorce than those who have a 1-year age discrepancy. Another major risk factor for divorce is not finishing high school.

Certain habits can also be risk factors when it comes to divorce. For example, those who withdraw during conflict are more likely to get divorced than those who are able to work through major problems. Further, those who talk about their relationship in a negative way are also more likely to get divorced than those who talk more positively about different aspects of their relationship.

Regardless of the reasons for the divorce, ending a marriage is a difficult process for many. For those who have been married for decades and have built up a number of highly valuable marital assets, the split can be even more difficult and time-consuming. A divorce attorney may work with a person to determine what value the different marital assets have while negotiating an agreement regarding the division of property. If an agreement cannot be made through collaboration or mediation, the attorney may litigate on behalf of a client.

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