Have you heard that your education level can determine how long your marriage lasts? The more education you have, the better the odds that you’ll remain married for a longer period of time or even never get divorced at all.
It’s true. In one study, the probability that a woman would stay married for two decades was about 52% for the population as a whole. For those with just a high school education or less, though, it dropped to 40%. For those with some college education, it rose to 49%, but it was still below the overall average. The reason is that, for those who had a four-year degree at least, the odds of making the marriage last for two decades was 78%.
Clearly, something is happening here, but it’s not as if college professors are teaching people how to stay together. The education itself isn’t what makes the difference. So, what is it?
There are two things to consider. The first is age. Someone who has a college education probably waited until after college to get married, and we already know that mid-20s marriages last longer than teen or early-20s marriages.
The second is money. It’s a leading cause of divorce, and those with more education tend to land jobs that pay more. Their financial stability, compared to someone who never graduated high school, could help them keep the marriage together.
Things like this are very interesting to break down and consider carefully, but the truth is that any couple can get divorced — regardless of age, income or education level. If you do decide that it is time to end your marriage, make sure you know what legal steps to take.