Infidelity, money woes and addiction are commonly cited as the precursors to a divorce — but there are other things in your life that can also indicate a divorce is more likely. These issues might not be the root cause of the marital spats, but they have been linked to an increase in the chance that a marriage will dissolve. 

What are they? Consider these unusual things that have been linked to a higher incidence of divorce:

  • People who suffer from a serious illness are more likely to get a divorce than those who are healthy. Part of this has to do with the stress of the caregiver’s responsibilities, but there is also the financial aspect of the illness.
  • Couples who share the housework evenly are more likely to go through a divorce. One Norwegian study suggests that this might be because these couples have set the marriage up like a business relationship instead of a romantic situation.
  • Having a commute that’s 45 minutes or longer may make you more susceptible to divorce. It was suggested in a Swedish study that this might be because of the decrease in quality time that the spouses have together when compared to those who work closer to home.
  • Being at a healthy weight might signal that you’re more likely to divorce. A study done by MyDivorcePapers.com showed that the divorce rate was highest for couples in which both parties weighed under 200 pounds and lowest for those who weighed at least 250 pounds.
  • Other factors that might make you more likely to divorce include having a daughter as the first child, the woman drinking more alcohol than the man, being in the medical field and having friends and family members who are divorcing.

If you think that your marriage is ending, you need to take steps to protect your interests. This includes determining how the property division process will work and how the