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If you got married before 32, you have higher divorce odds

On Behalf of | May 7, 2024 | Divorce

There are many different factors that influence the likelihood that a couple will get divorced. Do they have good communication styles? How do they view money? Do they have the same goals for the future, such as starting a family together? Every relationship is unique, so these factors can influence it in different ways. 

But one thing that researchers have found that is consistent is that divorce odds are connected to the age at which a couple got married. The lowest odds are at age 32. For every year before that, the divorce odds are 11% higher. As you can imagine, this means that someone who gets married at 18 or 22 is much more likely to eventually end their marriage in divorce. That doesn’t mean it’s guaranteed to happen to everyone, but young couples need to be aware that they are in this high-risk age group.

Should you wait longer than 32?

There are many different reasons why putting off marriage makes it more stable. For instance, it’s often easier for older couples to make ends meet because they are more advanced in their careers. But does this mean you should keep waiting even beyond 32?

The statistics indicate that continuing to wait can also be a problem. After 32, the divorce odds begin to go back up again. This time, they rise by 5% per year. As a result, getting married in your 40s is much more likely to lead to divorce.

Navigating the divorce process

If you and your spouse find yourselves facing divorce this year, take the time to look into all of your legal options. This can be a complex process, so it often helps to work with an experienced law firm.