Many people know the unfortunate statistics: 50% of marriages end in divorce. But psychologists claim that it doesn’t have to be this way and that about 75% of married couples have a chance to stay together for their entire lives.
We hope that the facts we’ve collected here about marriage and divorce will help you to build a really happy relationship. And at the end of the article, there is a bonus — a simple and very effective way to solve family conflict.
- Many couples are sure that if they live together before getting married, they will get used to each other and will have a better marriage. The thing is, living together before marriage makes the marriage less stable and increases the likelihood of divorce.
- Scientists found that the more money a couple spends on the wedding ceremony, the higher the chance the marriage has of falling apart. Also, if the ring is very expensive, chances are the marriage will not last.
- Good news: the same study shows that a full-fledged honeymoon improves the relationship between spouses. So, it’s better to spend the money on a trip, rather than on a big ceremony or very expensive rings.
- Psychologists recommend counting the ratio of positive and negative interactions in a couple. A conflict is a negative interaction and going somewhere together, a romantic dinner, or a good talk are examples of positive interactions. Happy couples have a ratio of 5:1, so they have 5 positive interactions for each negative one. The lower the first number is the worse it is for the marriage.
- Photographers claim that it’s possible to predict the development of marriage by how the couple cuts the wedding cake. Most couples, where one of the partners is fooling around, divorce very soon afterward.
- In a marriage, it is important to give your partner freedom. But remember that too much activity outside of marriage destroys it. Also, if one of the partners needs too much attention on social media, this is bad for the marriage.
- The excessive activity of one of the spouses makes the other one suspicious. Many people start thinking about divorce just because their partners spend a lot of time on their phones.