To Decrease Your Chances Of Divorce, Wait This Long To Get Married

Getting married a huge commitment, and it can seem daunting. The American Psychological Association says 40 to 50 percent of U.S. marriages end in divorce. But experts all seem to agree there is one thing you can do to increase your chances of actually staying married: wait. Anita Chlipala is a licensed marriage and family therapist and advises couples waiting at least a year before tying the knot. She says, “Romantic love lasts, on average, 12-18 months. So, couples who wait until after the infatuation has faded perhaps see each other more realistically. If you’re still in the infatuation phase, and you get engaged, then the following months are hectic and busy with wedding planning, you may not see the ‘real’ side of your partner until you’re already married.”