Education, family history of divorce and even the cost of the wedding are among the factors that may affect the likelihood of divorce among California couples, according to a number of different studies. Couples who finish college are more likely to stay together longer than those who dropped out of college or only have a high school diploma. People whose biological parents divorced, even if they are adopted, are also more vulnerable to divorce. Finally, couples who spend less than $1,000 on a wedding have the lowest divorce rates while those who spend more than $20,000 have the highest.

Couples who get married in their late 20s or early 30s have lower divorce rates than those who marry in their late teens or early 20s or after the age of 32. Additionally, first marriages are more stable than second or subsequent marriages. Couples who wait to have a child at least eight months after the wedding have a lower divorce rate than those who have a kid earlier. When the first born is a daughter, the couple is also more likely to divorce.

Equivalent rates of alcohol consumption is important to a marriage’s stability. More attractive couples are also more likely to divorce. Finally, women with religious backgrounds are more likely to enjoy longer marriages.

The reason for divorce may also play a part in how negotiations over child custody and property division are conducted. For those who want to facilitate a more amicable separation process, it may be wiser to obtain legal representation.