Are you a person who delights in finding patterns in the calendar date or the time displayed on a digital clock? For example, are you already looking forward to January 7 of next year because the date can be written as 1/7/17? If you are such a person, you are not alone. For some people, however, noteworthy or interesting dates are such novelties that they schedule their weddings based on how the date can be written. While choosing a novel date for your wedding may make it harder to forget your anniversary, a new study suggests that doing so may also increase your risk for divorce.
Dr. Jan Kabátek and Professor David Ribar, economists at the University of Melbourne in Australia, put together a research project that they believe is the first of its kind in the world. Previous studies have looked at relationships between the divorce rate and large weddings, small weddings, expensive weddings, frugal weddings, older couples, younger couples, couples of disparate ages, and countless other factors. Nobody, according to the researchers, has looked at the effect that the choice of wedding date may have on couple’s likelihood of divorce.
Special Days vs. Ordinary Days
The team identified several different types of dates that constitute “special” days, including those with dates that were sequential (11/12/13), repeating (9/9/99), and mirrored (10/11/01). For the purposes of the study, Valentine’s Day was included as a special date. Looking at marriage and divorce records between 1999 and 2013, the study found that special dates hosted up to five times as many weddings compared to an average day. However, the chances of a divorce also increased for special-date weddings by up to 36 percent.
While an objective look at the numbers cannot give definitive reasons for such a jump in the divorce rate, the researchers did have some ideas. They suggested that the increase was less about the date itself and more about a couple who placed importance on choosing such a date. For example, special-date weddings were more likely to include spouses who had been previously married; remarriages have been shown to be at a higher risk for divorce than first marriages. Special dates also suggest a level of focus on the wedding rather than on the marriage.
Help With Your Divorce
If you are considering a divorce, regardless of the date of your wedding, you need an advocate who will remain at your side throughout the process. Contact an experienced Kane County divorce attorney and get the assistance you need at a difficult time. Call 630-377-7770 for a free consultation at Bochte, Kuzniar & Navigato, P.C., today.