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Marriage age linked to divorce odds 

On Behalf of | Nov 20, 2023 | Divorce

Many different factors influence someone’s divorce odds. For instance, if someone’s parents were divorced, they may be more likely to get divorced. Every relationship is unique, and different couples are going to face different stressors and predictors of divorce during their relationship.

However, one thing that researchers have tracked is the link between the age at which people get married and the odds that they will end that marriage in a divorce. What they have found is that divorce odds drop until age 32. Statistically speaking, someone who gets married at 18 or even 25 has much higher odds of divorce than someone who delays that marriage until 32. 

What if they wait longer?

Some people look at reports like this and just think that they are a warning against getting married too early. There is a drop in divorce odds by about 11% for every additional year. This suggests that the main issue is rushing into a marriage at a young age. 

But it’s also important to note that the divorce odds go back up by about 5% a year after age 32. Waiting too long actually makes divorce more likely. Not rushing into a young marriage may be wise, but it is possible to delay marriage for so long that divorce starts becoming more likely once again. 

Are you getting a divorce?

Of course, these statistics just show the overall trends, and there are plenty of couples who would be exceptions to the rule. That said, if you and your spouse may be getting a divorce this year, it is very important that you understand all of the legal options you have at your disposal.