The reasons people get a divorce are rather clear: different life goals, different financial goals, never-ending arguments, or too many extra hours, allegedly spent at work, to name just a few. But there are also certain things that might serve as a warning that your marriage might be doomed to fail.
From heritability to the level of education or the age you get married, read on to find out 14 surprising factors that increase your chances of ending up in the lawyer’s office rather than celebrating your silver wedding anniversary.
Divorce runs in the family
The reason your marriage is at a higher risk of failure could be something genetic. According to a study published in Psychological Science, children whose parents got divorced early in their childhood might have something in their genes that increases their risk of divorce.
Nature beats nurture as more than half of the 20,000 Swedish adults (adopted as children) involved in the study were found to take after their biological parents when it came to marriage and divorce. The study showed that the relationship of their adoptive parents had little say in the matter while heritability had a greater influence on their relationship and possible divorce risks.
Your risk of divorce is not the only quirky genetic trait. Here are 8 Surprising Traits You Never Knew They Could Be Hereditary.