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Education can decrease the divorce rate

New research has shown that there is a correlation between a college degree and a lower divorce rate. In general, couples are waiting longer to get married these days, if they decide to marry at all.

One of the main reasons why education helps strengthen a marriage is that it is directly tied to a higher income level. Fights over money are one of the leading contributors to divorce. In addition, getting an education means that spouses have taken some time before getting married and may have learned more about their preferences during that time. Previously, it was thought that education actually led to more divorces because the higher income level meant that the spouses were not financially dependent on each other and could leave when they wanted.

The difference is even more pronounced in women

The effect is even more evident among women. Women with only high school degrees have almost twice as much of a chance as getting divorced as those with college degrees. The effect is even greater when both spouses have earned college degrees. In general, millennials are now prioritizing building their careers over getting married and only find spouses after they have reached the career and financial levels that they want. This could also explain the correlation between education and marital success.

Considering divorce?

However, if you are considering divorce or have already begun the divorce process, you should consult with a divorce attorney to learn how he or she can help you reach an agreement with your spouse. An amicable divorce outside of court can save you a lot of time, money and stress. If no agreement can be reached though, a lawyer can represent you when the case goes to court.