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Illinois divorce: Study links cold feet and marital separation

Many Illinois couples experience anxiety prior to their wedding. However, a recent study shows that anxiety could be linked to higher divorce rates. Statistics report that two-thirds of couples about to get married experience pre-wedding jitters, but the study also found that those people who have doubts may be more prone to divorce in the future. Such results may show a need for more preparation prior to the wedding in the form of a prenuptial agreement. For those who may have already gone through a divorce, this story may help encourage them to listen to their intuition if they want to marry again in the future.

Researchers surveyed over 230 couples who had recently married. Each spouse was asked whether they had pre-wedding doubts. Almost fifty percent of husbands and close to 40 percent of the wives answered that they had suffered from doubt before they wed. Researchers then followed up with the same couples every six months for a period of four years to see how they were doing. Researchers asked about their marital satisfaction and if they were still married.

By the four-year mark, almost 12 percent of the surveyed couples had divorced. Although there was a trend noticed with a higher divorce rate, the female trend was the only one with significant results. Only 8 percent of women who experienced no jitters divorced, whereas an astonishing 19 percent of woman with cold feet had gone through a divorce by their four-year anniversary.

The results of the divorce study indicate a link between couples who experienced doubts prior to being wed and the eventual dissolution of the marriage. As relationships evolve and social trends change, these numbers will likely fluctuate. Regardless, it does tend to encourage Illinois couples to think long and hard before entering matrimony. A prenuptial agreement could help nervous couples feel at ease prior to getting married because they know their assets are protected if things don't work out. Such planning before a wedding may be helpful in reducing stress about what the future holds.

Source: Business Insider, "Getting 'Cold Feet' Is A Sign Of Trouble Ahead," Jennifer Welsh, Sept. 13, 2012

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