As a professed lover of statistics, I was interested to hear of some research which showed that people that had doubts about whether they should marry, were more likely to go on to divorce, or certainly be in an unhappy marriage.
I previously posted a blog in which I quoted some research statistics, prepared by Ohio State University. Those statistics revealed that, sadly, almost 50% of marriages ended in divorce.
As a professed lover of statistics, I was interested to hear of some research carried out by the University of California, Los Angeles which showed that people that had doubts about whether they should marry, were more likely to go on to divorce, or certainly be in an unhappy marriage.
The study was carried out on 232 couples within the first 3 months of marriage and then follow up surveys were carried out at 6 monthly intervals thereafter for 4 years. The question was posed “were you ever uncertain or hesitant about getting married”. At the first interview, almost half of all husbands (47%) and over 1/3 of all wives (38%) said “yes”. So, on the face of it more men than women have doubts before walking down the aisle. However, of those women that expressed doubts almost 20% were divorced 4 years later (compared to 14% of Husbands).
I do think this all makes for very interesting reading, and is actually quite logical following along the lines of what you would expect. The research showed that in just 36% of the couples surveyed, neither party had any doubts about getting married. I am surprised that this percentage is so low, I would not have expected so many men and women to be willing to go through with a marriage which they had doubts about! Interestingly, of this 36%, only 6% got divorced within 4 years which shows that when people enter into a marriage they are sure about, it is more likely to last.
Obviously none of us know what the future holds but logic dictates that if there are any doubts and pre wedding jitters, serious thought must be given to whether to go through with the actual ceremony! After all, marriage is intended to be a lifelong commitment, and getting out of it is not always as easy and quick as you may expect it to be.
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