7 Questions To Ask Each Other Before Getting Married To Lower Your Risk Of Divorce

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It's no secret that relationships are complicated (and nonetheless confusing). And although it would be nice to be able to predict the future with our partner to see how things fare, it's just not possible. However, if you're looking to be proactive and avoid future heartache, there are conversations you can have with your partner before you jump to tie the knot. In fact, before you get married, there are questions to ask your partner that can help prevent divorce.

You may think you and your partner are in it for the long haul, but then life might pull you two in totally different directions. In fact, this is pretty common amongst American couples. According to The American Psychological Association, about 40 to 50 percent of married couples in the United States will end up getting divorced for a plethora of reasons.

"We wouldn’t dream of working without a plan in any other area of our lives — from schooling and career to finances and even health, we formally discuss our goals (often with experts) and record them for future reference," Dr. Jess O'Reilly, Astroglide's resident sexologist, tells Bustle. "We check back in, revisit, rewrite and reroute as needed. We should be doing the same in our relationships."

So if you're looking to decrease your odds of divorce, here are some questions to discuss prior to getting married, according to experts.