A religious upbringing may reduce divorce risk — but probably not for the reason you think

Religious couples who marry young seem to buck the traditional wisdom that young marriages are nearly doomed to end in divorce.

Some research finds marriages are more likely to last when couples wed around age 30, which is becoming a national norm. But a new analysis for the Institute for Family Studies finds a religious upbringing seems to offer some protection against divorce for those who marry younger.

This study suggests the differences stem from the fact that those raised in religious homes are less apt to cohabit before marriage, which is both extremely common and risky.

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