Possible predictors of divorce

There are many times in our lives where we tell ourselves “I wish I would have seen this coming”. It’s rare that these moments are good moments. However, these are real moments that happen not uncommonly.

As you might have guessed from the title of this article, divorce can fall into this type of moment. Is everything fine? Are there any potential red flags? If so, how do I identify them?

Signs such as abuse and addiction struggles are just the tip of the iceberg and are often in plain sight. That being said, Dr. Linda Mintle of Northwestern Media’s Faith Radio lists three possible predictors of divorce:

Huge Wedding Expenses

Supposedly those “who spent over $20,000 on a wedding were more likely to divorce than those who held back the costs”. Many begin their marriage in debt today, which also is related to the possibility of college debt contributing to divorce, as we stated in our previous article.

Having Daughters

This predictor is “based on a 2010 study that couples were more likely to stay together with boys than girls based on this factor-moms were more prone to leave a marriage with their daughters when the relationship was going downhill.”

Living In a City and Commute Time

Apparently, “a commute longer than 45 minutes puts you at risk for divorce”. One way to look at this is having to face terrible traffic and being cooped up for a long time in a car, which could result in a bad attitude when returning home.


*We want to make it very clear that these predictors do not cause divorce and don’t fit every marriage example. What we do want to point out is that many obstacles and circumstances can cause pressure and tension between spouses.

We hope that, if you’re concerned about your marriage or know somebody that is concerned about his or her marriage, you’ll look for these predictors and do what you can to help your relationship. We hope we’ve done our part in helping out.

If you feel the need to consult a divorce law attorney, please reach out to the Southern Oaks Law Firm. Divorce and Family Lawyer Taylor Fontenot understands the need to listen and empathize, while providing practical legal advice and high-quality representation. Call 337-704-7255 or email Taylor and the Southern Oaks Law Firm today!