For a lot of people, getting married means marrying someone within the same religion. It may feel that this is not the case in modern times, but the statistics paint a different picture. Even if people today do not say that you “have to” marry someone of the same religion, as older generations may have, they still do it in practice.

For instance, when asked if they had married someone of the same religion, about 7 out of every 10 people in one study claimed that they had. There is evidence, as noted above, that this type of marriage is less important to people now, and they may be more likely to marry outside of their religion, but they still tend to stick to the same religion in most cases.

What are the odds of divorce based on religion?

It may come as no surprise, then, to learn that researchers believe divorce odds are higher for people of different religions and that their marriages are not as durable. That’s not to say you can’t find examples of these marriages working, but they do bring up a brand-new divorce risk.

Sometimes this doesn’t become apparent until the couple has children. While dating, they could both just hold to their own religions and be happy together. That could continue after marriage. With children, though, comes the question of what religion to raise up in. This can cause some couples to suddenly realize that religion is more important to them than they initially believed, and it can cause friction when both spouses want to bring the children up exclusively in their own religions.

If you do find yourself getting divorced, you need to know what steps to take, especially when children are involved.