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Divorce odds are higher for young marriages

On Behalf of | Apr 30, 2024 | Divorce |

People who are very young when they get married have higher odds of divorce. Those who are 18 and 19 have extremely high divorce odds, and these marriages are relatively rare. But for every year that they wait, those odds will go down by roughly 11%. This means that just putting off marriage until 25 would be beneficial.

But even 25 is not ideal. Studies have found that the divorce odds continually decline all the way until age 32. Therefore, some recommend to young couples that they should put off divorce until they are as close to 32 as possible, giving themselves the best chance at long-term stability.

The odds go up again

But don’t assume that you should keep waiting even beyond 32 years old. The odds actually reverse at this age and start to go back up by 5% every year. So a couple who gets married at 35 is actually more likely to get divorced than a couple who gets married at 32, even though they waited longer to tie the knot.

That said, the statistics are somewhat skewed by second marriages. Many people who are getting married in their 40s and 50s have already been married once and are doing it for the second time. Some research suggests that these second marriages have higher divorce rates. So that could be part of the reason why the divorce odds start to go back up again. They are not necessarily just considering people in their first marriages.

Do you believe that you and your partner are getting closer to a divorce this year? If so, take the time to look into all of the necessary legal steps.

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