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Studies suggest the amount spent on weddings impacts divorce rate

There are of course many things that go into a happy marriage. According to two recent studies, the amount of money spent on the event and the accompanying ring could play a role. The studies found that couples who spent less on the event and ring actually had marriages that lasted longer. The results of these studies might prompt some residents of the state of Massachusetts to think twice about their big day.

The study regarding the amount of money spent on the wedding utilized information culled from surveys completed by 3,151 adults who reside in the United States. All of the respondents either were, or had been married at some point. It determined that couples who spent $1,000 or less on their wedding ended up with the lowest average rate of divorce. On the other end of the spectrum, the rate of divorce for couples who spent more than $20,000 on their big day was approximately 1.6 times higher than those who spent between $5,000 and $10,000. Nationwide in 2013, throughout the country couples spent an average of $29,858 on their wedding.

The study did not examine is what is behind these results. That said, the individuals behind the studies offer a couple of theories. One is that having a less expensive wedding does not saddle newlyweds with a great amount of debt that could cause issues in the relationship. Another reason proffered is that the couples who opt for cheap weddings are “perfectly matched.”

Regardless of why a marriage fails, the same matters will need to be addressed in the course of a divorce. In addition to the division of property, when children are involved, child support and custody could also be an issue that needs to be addressed. Because all of these matters can be complicated, to try to attain the best possible outcome, many divorcing couples find it helpful to work with a divorce lawyer.

Source: CNN, “Want a happy marriage? Have a big, cheap wedding,” Brandon Griggs, Oct. 13, 2014

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