While having cold feet prior to a wedding is thought to be normal, new findings show that doubts often foreshadow divorce.
“Premarital doubts are meaningful, and something to pay attention to,” says Justin Lavner of UC Los Angeles.
Lavner and his colleagues surveyed more than 450 newlyweds and then followed up every six months for four years. The team found that uncertainty—especially among women—predicts divorce rates.
Women who had doubts before their wedding were more than twice as likely to divorce. More men said they felt misgivings, but they were less likely to get divorced years after a bout of cold feet.