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What are the odds of divorce linked to the age of a marriage?

On Behalf of | Jan 11, 2023 | Divorce |

There are many things that influence the odds that a couple will get divorced. Some of them are obvious, such as high levels of conflict in the relationship or significant financial difficulties. These things are often cited in divorce cases. 

However, there are also a lot of factors that are always working in the background to influence these odds. You may have heard that education level is sometimes connected to divorce, for instance. On top of that, the very age at which you got married can play a role.

Why does your age matter?

What researchers have found is that your age matters because the younger you are when you get married, the greater your odds of eventually getting divorced. The specific reasons for that divorce can vary. Some young couples have financial problems, others simply change and develop so that they are no longer a compatible couple. 

But regardless of what happens, there’s a clear trend where the odds of divorce are reduced for every year that someone waits to get married. Getting married at 18 carries higher odds of divorce than getting married at 25, for example.

But this is not an endless progression. When you hit age 32, that is when your odds of divorce are the very lowest. After that age, they start going back up again. So you do not necessarily want to procrastinate marriage for as long as possible.

Are you getting divorced?

No matter when you were married, divorce is always a possibility with it happening to half of all marriages in the United States. Be sure that you know about your legal options if it happens to you.