Is age really nothing more than a number? Some researchers think that old adage might not hold true when applied to marriage and divorce. After conducting a study using data from a national institute, they concluded that getting married before and after the late 20s gives rise to a higher chance of divorce. Most people in Colorado are likely familiar with the warning not to marry too young, but few might have heard that marrying too old could be bad for marital longevity too.
The sociologists who concluded this relationship poured over marriage and divorce data that had been provided to them by the National Survey of Family Growth. One of the trends that they noticed involved couples who married in their late teens and early 20s. Marriages that started out in this age range had a higher chance of ending in divorce, although this could be related to fact that most people at that age tend to be less educated than their older counterparts. Education is a well-acknowledged factor in divorce risk no matter the age at which a couple marries.
Perhaps more confusing, though, is the rise in divorce rates as couples approach their 30s. People are often thought to be more mature, grounded and financially competent at this age, which has been speculated to contribute to marital stability. Instead, the chance of divorcing only rises from 30 on.
Although sociologists are not entirely sure why later marriages have a higher risk of divorce, it should be noted that this study in no way guarantees divorce based on age at the time of marriage. While age could possibly play a role, innumerable other factors also contribute to the decision to divorce. Instead, when an Colorado couple decides that filing for a divorce is the best choice possible for them, it is normally a deeply personal decision based on a variety of influences.
Source: The Huffington Post, “Getting Married Past This Age Increases Your Risk Of Divorce, Research Suggests”, Brittany Wong, July 17, 2015