1. If you’re a married American, your marriage is between 40 and 50 percent likely to end in divorce.
So I guess that just by being married, my odds of divorcing increased. Kind of a disturbing train of thought to go in, but it makes sense, I guess …
2. If you live in a red state, you’re 27 percent more likely to get divorced than if you live in a blue state.
New Hampshire went blue last election.
3. If you argue with your spouse about finances once a week, your marriage is 30 percent more likely to end in divorce than if you argue with your spouse about finances less frequently.
The ex-husband left a job he loved to make more money, didn’t want to tell me this, and found that bottles of cheap wine made this better.
4. If your parents were divorced, you’re at least 40 percent more likely to get divorced than if they weren’t. If your parents married others after divorcing, you’re 91 percent more likely to get divorced.
My parents are divorced (and both remarried). I’m evidently the kiss of death.
5. If only one partner in your marriage is a smoker, you’re 75 percent to 91 percent more likely to divorce than smokers who are married to fellow smokers.
I’ve been a smoker at times, mostly before the marriage but once in awhile during. That probably counts …
6. If you have a daughter, you’re nearly 5 percent more likely to divorce than if you have a son.
I have two daughters …
7. If you’re an evangelical Christian adult who has been married, there’s a 26 percent likelihood that you’ve been divorced—compared to a 28 percent chance for Catholics and a 38 percent chance for non-Christians.
I’m a Christian, but not not heavy on the evangelical part. I prefer to keep my relationship with God personal and private, and I try to live a life of good works that I can be proud of. The ex thought religion was stupid.
8. If you live in Wayne County, Indiana, and are over 15 years old, there’s a 19.2 percent chance that you’ve been divorced.
Haha, I’ve never even been to Indiana.
9. If both you and your partner have had previous marriages, you’re 90 percent more likely to get divorced than if this had been the first marriage for both of you.
This was the first marriage for both of us. I guess he and I are both screwed (metaphorically speaking) if we ever try the marriage thing with someone else.
10. If you’re a woman two or more years older than your husband, your marriage is 53 percent more likely to end in divorce than if he was one year younger to three years older.
I’m just over three years older than he is.
11. If you’re of “below average” intelligence, you’re 50 percent more likely to be divorced than those of “above average” intelligence.
Wow, what kind of idiot’s going to cop to “below average intelligence”? Wait, never mind … Anyway, I’ve had my IQ tested three times so I know what it is. I’m not a genius, but I am in what’s called the “superior range.”
12. If you’ve been diagnosed with cervical cancer, your likelihood of getting divorced is 40 percent higher than standard rates; it’s 20 percent higher if you’ve been diagnosed with testicular cancer.
Uh … no cancer.
13. If you have twins or triplets, your marriage is 17 percent more likely to end in divorce than if your children are not multiple births.
No multiples. I think I’d have gone nuts …
14. If you’re a female serial cohabiter—a woman who has lived with more than one partner before your first marriage—then you’re 40 percent more likely to get divorced than women who have never done so.
I never officially “lived with” anyone before my ex-husband–he was my first “cohabiter” and first spouse.
15. If you’re in a male same-sex marriage, it’s 50 percent more likely to end in divorce than a heterosexual marriage. If you’re in a female same-sex marriage, this figure soars to 167 percent.
Since I’m straight, this is moot.
Although studies from Johns Hopkins, Cambridge University, and the U.S. Census Bureau (that whole Wayne County, Indiana thing) support this, I found that 67% of these things were not, in fact, true for me. They didn’t mention alcohol abuse (his, not mine), which was the primary cause of our divorce.
I call “play for media attention” on this one. What do you think?