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Marriage age may predict divorce

On Behalf of | Feb 25, 2024 | Divorce |

There is always the potential for divorce in a marriage, and there is nothing that can accurately predict it. There is no statistic you can point to and say that a certain couple is 100% going to get divorced. Every single relationship is unique. Some issues can cause divorce for one couple but not another. 

That being said, there are some things that can make divorce more likely and that may therefore predict that it could happen in the future. One of those things is the age of the couple when they decide to tie the knot.

Getting married at 32

To start with, researchers who studied marriage and divorce trends found that divorce rates were lowest when couples got married around 32 years old. As such, they advise not getting married too young. Teen marriages have some of the highest divorce rates in the country.  In fact, the odds of divorce drop by a full 11% for every year that someone delays marriage, up until they are 32.

However, don’t make the mistake of thinking this means that indefinitely delaying marriage is wise. After age 32, divorce odds begin to go back up. They don’t increase quite as quickly, only going up by about 5% per year. But it still shows that waiting too long to get married can also increase the odds of divorce.

Considering your divorce options

Do you think it’s likely that you and your partner will split up in the future? If you do, you need to know what legal steps to take when dividing assets, splitting up parenting time and much more.

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