8 surprising divorce predictors

It's common sense that things like infidelity and domestic violence are common reasons people get divorced. But research has shown that there are many risk factors for divorce -- some of them really surprising.

As recently shared in an article in Elite Daily, here are eight common predictors that a marriage won't last:

1. Having a daughter. Believe it or not, the gender of your children could affect the chances you get divorced. Researchers believe that mothers of girls are less likely to leave their spouses because they want to set a "good example" -- as if staying in an unhappy marriage is a good example.

2. Virtual cheating. Some married people carry on online relationships, believing it isn't really cheating because there is no physical contact. These people's spouses often disagree and file for divorce.

3. Too much social media time. Similarly, spending a lot of time on Facebook, Twitter or Snapchat and clicking on your ex's pics is a good way to ruin your marriage.

4. Overspending on the wedding. Stress and arguments over money frequently leads to divorce. Spending money you don't have on the wedding can only add to these problems.

5. Living in a 'red state.' A study from the University of Texas found that states that tend to vote Republican have higher divorce rates than 'blue states' like New York.

6. Having a long commute. Another study found that people who regularly spend more than 45 minutes driving home from work are more likely to divorce, perhaps because of the stress and tension of a long commute.

7. Lack of education. The data suggests that people with a high school education are more likely to get divorced than those with a college diploma.

8. Not doing your share of the chores. If one spouse is doing all the cooking and cleaning, there's a good chance he or she will want to split up someday.

Of course, every marriage is unique and there is no foolproof way to predict what will happen. If you are thinking about divorce, your first move should be to speak to an experienced family law attorney.

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