As I approach my 15th wedding anniversary, I wonder what factors help a marriage last. Through research and real life, I found a few things that help tip the scales in favor of longevity:
15 and counting
Age Matters: If you get married after the age of 25, your odds improve dramatically
Religion: It doesn't really matter which religion you practice, what matters is that you have spirituality, and believe in something greater than the two of you. However I did find that Catholics divorced the least, and Protestants the most.
Sharing of Responsibility: do you, or don't you. It doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure this one out
Money Helps: According to Time, couples making over $50,000 have a 68% chance of seeing their 15th anniversary.
Family: Are the parents of the couple getting married divorced? The have a bigger chance of not making it. Oddly enough, it's the parents that keep their problems a secret and then spring a divorce on the family pass on problems to their kids. They have trust issues, and are 14% more likely to divorce.
School: Web MD tells us that you increase your odds of making it to 15 years by over 20% if you have a college degree
Here are some Hollywood couples that at least had some of those factors going for them...