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Does an expensive wedding increase the possibility of divorce?

Weddings are a big deal, and not just to the two individuals waiting to join hands in marriage. Couples in Rhode Island planning a wedding will find that between finding the right wedding dress, flowers, food, music and venue, planning a wedding can have a significant impact on their pocketbook. In the United States, couples will spend approximately $30,000 on their wedding, on average. However, is there any correlation between wedding costs and whether the couple's relationship will last?

A study out of Emory University has reported that the cost of a couple's wedding ceremony could have an effect on whether or not the couple will eventually divorce. According to the study, couples that spent over $20,000 on their wedding were 1.6 times more likely to divorce when compared to those who spent only between $5,000 and $10,000 on their wedding. Couples who spent $1,000 or less on their wedding, according to the study, were the least likely to divorce. However, given all of this, the study also reported that the more guests that came to the couple's wedding the lower the rate of divorce.

One argument for this is that many young couples have a significant amount of debt, in particular student loan debt. Some of these couples may find themselves struggling to cope with this debt. In the end, the long-lasting benefits of having a good education and therefore a solid earning potential may outweigh the benefits that could possibly follow an expensive wedding.

Of course, no one walking down the aisle expects to divorce. However, finances are a big part of a relationship, and if a couple was not on the same page financially, before, during and after the wedding, it could lead to disagreements and fighting. However, there are a myriad of complex reasons why a couple will divorce, and no two divorces are the same, just as no two relationships are the same. If a Rhode Island couple decides it is best to end their marriage, they will be facing many divorce issues, such as property division, spousal support and possibly child support and child custody.

Source: Lifestyle, "One unexpected factor could determine if you'll divorce or not," Alyse Barker, Sept. 16, 2016

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