Maybe it shouldn't be too much of a surprise that most of the 1,004 adult Americans polled by a recent survey said they married the right person, according to an Associated Press article published in The Vancouver Sun. Otherwise, would they still be married? But only two-thirds said their spouse was their "soul mate," according to the poll.
While 97 percent of the men and 94 percent of the women in a Marist poll said they believe they got hitched to the right person, only 66 percent said they believed that person was destined to be their soul mate. Still, that figure is quite a bit higher than the estimated 50 percent of Chicago couples, for example, that eventually will need the services of an Illinois family lawyer.
Lee M. Miringoff, director of the Marist College Poll, stated the obvious in an interview with AP reporters:
"There are clearly people who think things are going very well, but it may not turn out that way,"
About one-third of American marriages end in divorce by the 10th anniversary, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control cited in the article. But only about half of all marriages last "until death."
Regionally, 97 percent of Midwesterners said they married the right person, followed by 96 percent of Southerners and 90 percent of married couples in the Northeast. Interestingly, 100 percent of respondents aged 18 to 29 said they married the right person.
And while only 66 percent of respondents said they bought into the concept of a soul mate, there were some regional differences there as well. Adults 29 and younger, people in households earning $50,000 or less and Southerners were more likely to believe in soul mates than other demographic groups.
But marriages unfortunately outlive their initial bliss at least half the time. Research divorce attorneys in Chicago before settling on someone to represent your interests.