The interesting link between marriage age and divorce

On Behalf of | Jan 9, 2024 | Divorce |

When looking at divorce statistics, there are many different trends that you can find. Intriguingly, there seems to be a connection between the age at which a couple gets married and the odds that they will get divorced. There is no age that guarantees divorce – or guarantees that it won’t happen – but there are certain ages where the divorce rates are higher.

Specifically, getting married too young carries a much higher risk of divorce. Couples are best off waiting until they are around 28 to 32 years old, when it appears that the divorce odds hit their lowest mark. They still exist, of course, but they go down by 11% per year until the couple reaches 32.

Should people just put off marriage indefinitely?

This trend seems to suggest that waiting to get married is the key and the couples are better off if they delay marriage. The problem is when they rush into a quick marriage at a young age, so they would always be better off waiting. But this is not necessarily the case.

After age 32, the divorce odds start going back up again. They don’t trend up quite as quickly, increasing by roughly 5% per year, but it is clear that people can wait so long to get married that their divorce odds increase once again. 

Are you getting a divorce?

No matter when you got married, there is the chance that your relationship will end in a divorce. If it does, it’s quite important to understand all of the legal steps you can take when looking into things like parental rights, custody time with children, the division of marital assets and much more.