Factors in a Good Marriage


Listed below are the factors that make a successful marriage, versus those that make a failed one. As expected, living together before marriage increases your risks of being divorced, as does getting married at a young age.

The data come from more than 15 different studies.


* Factors in a Good Marriage


Factor Success Failure
Age Over 20-years-old Under 20-years-old
Values/Backgrounds Similar Different
Education College High School
Cohabitation None or once Twice or more
Family of Origin Intact Divorced


– Rich Deems, “Is Living Together Before Marriage a Good Idea?”, www.godandscience.org.

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