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Education can lead to a lasting marriage

by | Apr 2, 2020 | Blog, Divorce |

There has been much research over the years about the causes of divorce in Florida and what factors may cause a marriage to be more stable. One factor that has emerged as helpful for the stability of a marriage is education. Couples where both spouses earned a college degree have a higher chance of remaining married than those who only have high school diplomas.

This is the opposite of what previous researchers believed. The prevailing wisdom used to be that spouses who were more educated had more resources. As a result, spouses were less hesitant to get a divorce knowing that they had more available support. However, now the thought process is that a higher level of education discourages divorce because more money actually means less conflict over resources. In addition, education delays marriage until later in life. This means that people are more mature when they get married and have a better idea of what they are looking for in a partner. Those who get married earlier may evolve into a different person and become more likely to divorce.

In general, divorce and marriage rates are heading down in the U.S. It is not clear if this is the cause or the effect when it comes to marriage and education. Nonetheless, women with college degrees are almost twice as likely to stay married as those without.

Even if a certain demographic is less likely to get divorced, they might still need the assistance of a divorce attorney in the event that their marriage dissolves. The attorney may help their client negotiate the divorce agreement with the other spouse and hopefully facilitate an amicable end to the marriage. If there is no agreement to be had, the attorney may then represent their client in a contested divorce proceeding.


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