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Does Your Age When You Marry Predict Your Odds Of A Divorce?

On Behalf of | Jun 12, 2020 | Family Law

How old were you when you got married? Maybe you were one of those deeply in love high school couples who got married at 18. Maybe you waited until you graduated from college and got married shortly after. Perhaps you didn’t feel like settling down until you were in your late 30s or even 40s, putting marriage off even after all of your friends tied the knot. 

What you’re wondering now is if your age has any impact on the stability of your marriage. Are you more or less likely to get divorced if you got married at a certain age?

Though every marriage is different, researchers have found some interesting correlations. For one thing, getting married too soon, at too young of an age, does increase divorce odds. If you were in your teens, you face much higher risks than older couples. This is a fairly well-known issue and has been for decades, so the general thought was always that waiting longer made marriages more stable. 

However, researchers found that the trend actually reverses around age 32. If you’re younger than that, every year that you wait decreases the divorce odds. Once you pass 32, though, continuing to wait on marriage means that your divorce odds start to climb again. This is why they often suggest that couples get married while still in their 20s, though erring toward the side of their late 20s. 

Again, all marriages are different and unique and they include their own factors. But these trends help to paint a picture, and those who do end up getting divorced must know what legal steps they need to take.