Although every couple and marriage in Illinois is different and inherently unique, the driving factors behind divorce can be surprisingly similar. Mere correlations between various indicators and a higher divorce rate in no way imply that certain couples are bound to divorce, but the statistics can still be an interesting indication of possible future outcomes. For some couples, it can also serve as a gentle reminder to be prepared as possible by utilizing a prenuptial agreement.

Ever heard an expecting parent claim that he or she does not care about the gender of their soon-to-be-born baby so long as it is healthy? Well, if a married couple already has one daughter, hoping for a boy might be justified. Research has shown that parents who have two daughters face a 43 percent increase for their possibility of divorce. Conversely, having two sons only increases the chance of divorce by about 37 percent.

No kids in the marriage? That hardly indicates a decrease in the possibility of divorcing when other factors — such as smoking — are present. Couples with only one smoker are up to 91 percent more likely to call it quits than relationships with two smokers. Age can be an influence too, not only the age at which a couple married — either too young or too old — but any age difference between two partners can be an indicator of future divorce. This is especially true when women are about three years older than their husbands, and the chance of divorce goes up by approximately 53 percent.

Of course an Illinois couple could have two daughters, one smoker and have one partner significantly older after marrying at so-called inopportune ages and still remain married until the day that they die. However, with so many different factors contributing to the possibility of a divorce, it is not unwise to consider entering into a prenuptial agreement. Doing so typically provide both partners protection and guidance in the event that they one day decide to divorce.

Source: Good Housekeeping, “15 Sneaky Signs You’ll Get Divorced“, Asher Fogle, Aug. 4, 2015