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Are you in a high risk category for divorce?

Whether you've been married for decades or just recently tied the knot, like many Colorado couples, you've likely encountered challenges at some point in your relationship. The day-in-day-out responsibilities of parenthood can be quite taxing on a marriage, so if you have children, you may already be at risk for divorce.

If you take a moment to think of how many people you know who are divorced (whether or not they happen to have remarried) the number is likely higher than three. Current data suggest the overall divorce rate in the United States is declining. However, there are still many issues that appear to have serious, negative effects on a marriage, which make couples who experience such problems much more likely to divorce.

Common risk factors

You and another person may relate to similar marital problems, but that doesn't necessarily mean the ultimate outcome of both your situations will be the same. Some couples can overcome certain problems that are too much for other spouses to bear. The following list includes numerous issues that place spouses at great risk for divorce:

  • If you married before you entered your 20s, you're in a high-risk group. Many experts say this is because spouses still have a lot of growing up to do when they're in their late teens, and, unfortunately, sometimes they grow in separate directions.
  • Parenthood can be one of the most rewarding yet challenging experiences of a lifetime. If you had a child before you and your spouse tied the knot, it increases your risk for divorce.
  • Does your extended family include a lot of people who have divorced? Divorce is not inheritable, but it does tend to run in families.
  • People without a college education are reportedly at greater risk for divorce than those who have earned degrees.
  • Do you and spouse argue about finances often? Financial issues are one of the leading factors in many divorces in this state and throughout the nation.

If you've already determined that you no longer wish to remain married to your current spouse, you may be wondering what your next step should be. It often helps to converse with someone who is well versed in divorce-related laws and guidelines. The better informed you are, the easier it will be to protect your rights and interests as you work toward a fair and agreeable settlement.

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