Ways to Divorce-Proof Your Marriage

Date at least 3 years before putting a ring on it.

     Three is the magic number, according to a 2014 survey. Research shows that couples that date for at least a few years increase their chances of staying together. 

 Wait until after your 23rd birthday to commit.

     People who made their first big commitment—whether moving in together or getting married—at the age of 18 had a 60 percent divorce rate, while those who were at least 23 at the time of commitment experienced a rate of divorce around 30 percent.

Find someone close in age.

     The bigger the age gap between spouses, the more likely they are to get divorced.

 Don’t blow your savings on an expensive wedding.

     One study found that couples that drop $20,000 or more on a ceremony are 46 percent more likely to divorce. On the flip side, those who spend under $5,000 are 18 percent less likely to split up.

 Marry a healthy guy with an easygoing personality.

     A husband’s “agreeable personality” and good health are crucial to relationship longevity in older couples. (Oddly, the same traits in wives don’t necessarily limit marital conflict.)

 Live in New Jersey.

      According to 2012 U.S. Census Data, the Garden State has the lowest rate of divorce (8.6 percent) in the country.

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