803Divorces are painful, mentally exhausting and take a lot out of a person. Here are 24 divorce facts you may not have heard before.

  • According to a study conducted on American men and women aged 15-44, couples who start living together before marriage are more vulnerable to divorce.
  • According to the U.S. Census Bureau, first marriages that end in divorce have an average life span of eight years.
  • Divorce rates in the Indian subcontinent were found to be lower compared to the other Asian countries.
  • People in second marriages are less likely to get divorced because of the experience they gained from the first failed marriage.
  • The Philippines is the only country where divorces are illegal; well, other than Vatican City.
  • In Japan’s Mantokuji temple, unhappy married women could write their divorce wishes on a paper and flush them down the toilet. Now the temple is a museum.
  • According to a survey in the UK, 50 percent of divorcees regret their decision to divorce.
  • In 2012, an Italian bride asked for a divorce after the husband brought his mother on the honeymoon.
  • According to research at University of Alberta, children whose parents have divorced are more likely to drop out of school.
  • In the United States, on an average, women take 3.1 years to remarry after a divorce. Men, on the other hand, take more time to move on and get remarried after 3.3 years.
  • Marriages where women are two or more years older than their husbands are 53 percent more likely to break than the marriages where husbands are three or more years older or a year younger than their wives.
  • According to some researchers, men are eight times more likely to commit suicide after a divorce. Their chances of suffering from depression and heart attacks also double.
  • In the U.S., two-thirds of the divorce cases are filed by women.
  • In Italy, nearly half of divorce proceedings mention the social networking app Whatsapp.
  • Research shows that if only one of the partners smokes, a divorce is 75 to 91 percent more likely.
  • In 2011, a 99-year-old Italian man divorced his wife of 60 years after he found that his 96-year-old wife had an affair in the 1940s.
  • Couples who have a lavish wedding are more vulnerable to divorce.
  • Couples with children are less likely to get divorced; however, the chances of divorce increase in case of twins or triplets.
  • A study found that dancers and choreographers have the highest divorce rates (43.05 percent). Bartenders, with divorce rate of 38.4 percent, are at the second spot, closely followed by massage therapists (38.2 percent).
  • According to the same study, agricultural engineers, sales people, nuclear engineers, optometrists, clergy, and podiatrists had the lowest rate of divorce.
  • Couples who argue over matters of finance are more likely to get divorced.
  • A study published in the journal “Family Relations” found that marriages are less likely to end in a divorce among couple with higher levels of education. However, “African-American women don’t seem to enjoy the same degree of protection that education confers on marriage,” said the Rutgers University professor who conducted the study.
  • According to a researcher at the Ohio State University, men are likely to gain weight after divorce.

A study in Sweden found that people who spend more than 45 minutes commuting are more likely to divorce