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Divorce Risk Factors

Risk of Divorce Quiz

By Steven C. Martin

People want to have happy and long-term marriages with loving families yet getting married is a high-risk social undertaking with long-term divorce rates continuing at about 50%.  Extensive research is ongoing in an attempt to identify risk factors and to find ways to minimize the risks of divorce. 

The following quiz, based on scientific research, brings together thirteen significant risk factors so a single individual or a married couple can increase their awareness of risks and take actions to make better partner choices and/or do what is necessary to build a satisfactory relationship in spite of those risks.  Knowledge is power.  It gives you the opportunity to learn and grow.

Evaluate the risk of divorce that your relationship might face.

How many of these 13 divorce risk factors does your relationship have?

Instructions: Answer each of the following thirteen questions and click the "Score Quiz" button.  A new window will open with your score and an explanation if it is a risk or not.  Read the results and print them out if you want and be sure to click on the "Discussion.." link at the bottom of the results.


1. Is the husband 9 or more years older than the wife or is the husband 2 or more years younger than the wife?

   Yes

   No

2. How old were you (would you be) at marriage?

   25 or less or middle age or older

   26 to middle age

3. Were the husband's and/or wife's parents separated or divorced?

   Yes

   No

4. Did you live together (cohabit) before marriage?

   Yes

   No

5. Does either or both of you smoke?

   Yes

   No

6. Do either or both husband and wife consume 3 or more alcoholic drinks per day?

   Yes

   No

7. Is this a second or more marriage for either or both husband and wife?

   Yes

   No

8. Are there children before this marriage? That includes children from a previous relationship and children from this relationship born before marriage.

   Yes

   No

9. Do the husband and wife strongly disagree on the number of children to have?

   Yes

   No

10. Is religion important to both husband and wife?

   Yes

   No

11. Is the couple poor and just getting by financially?

   Yes

   No

12. All things considered how satisfied are you with your life? On as scale of 1 - 10 with 10 being highly satisfied.

   Either one or both husband and wife dissatisfied (score 0-7)

   Both satisfied (score 8-10)

13. How satisfied are you with your relationship with your partner? On as scale of 1 - 10 with 10 being highly satisfied.

   Either one or both husband and wife dissatisfied (score 0-7)

   Both satisfied (score 8-10)

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