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Factors the increase the risk of divorce

Although making a marriage work can be difficult for Kansas couples, there are some risk factors that may make it more difficult for some than others, according to a variety of studies. Although many of the factors are out of both individuals' control, taking steps to strengthen the relationship may help it last.

Those who married in their teens and early 20s were more likely to get divorced than those who married in their late 20s or early 30s. Further, those spent more than $20,000 on their wedding were more likely to get a divorce than those who spent less. Those who spent less than $1,000 on their wedding were the least likely to get divorced. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, those who waited at least eight months after their wedding day to have a child were less likely to get divorced than those who did so right away.

Some marriages may be more likely to end if spouses' alcohol habits do not match. For example, if one person is a heavy drinker and the other is not, around half of their marriages end before the 10th anniversary. Those who did not finish college were also more likely to get a divorce than those who did. Women who were raised without a religion were also more likely to get divorced than women who were raised with a religious upbringing.

When a marriage does end, the former spouses may find that they have to go through the process of dividing up their assets and making decisions about child custody. In some cases, people may be entitled to spousal support if they did not work during the marriage. A divorce attorney may assist with negotiating a settlement agreement that can be submitted to the court for its approval.

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