Study: Age at Time of Marriage Affects Divorce Rates

Posted by Steven D. Eversole | Aug 06, 2015 | 0 Comments

For years, we have been hearing about how people are waiting till they are much older to get married. In past decades, many people became married before their mid-20s and had children at younger ages, as well. While there are various reasons for this, it is now common advice for friends to tell you not get married before you are 30, because, if you get married too early, your marriage will not last.

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However, according to a recent study, getting married later may reduce the chance of getting divorced, but getting married after age 32 increases your chance of getting a divorce, and this is obviously in contrast to the conventional wisdom and advice you have been hearing for years

Specifically, Nicholas Wolfinger, a sociologist, recently released a report as part of his study being conducted for the Institute of Family Studies that showed, while the longer you wait to get married, the less likely you are to get divorced, once you reach the age of 32, your risk for divorce starts to rise again at a rate of five percent per year.

While many seem to be taking a long look at his conclusions, others are not holding back their critique. According to a recent news article from Your Tango, the author is stating this report is nothing but “garbage.” This author is claiming that the results of the study are not scientific evidence and, in reality, are only the report writer's opinion that has been heavily skewed to reach a point he is trying to make.

Specifically, the article author claims the reason given in the study for the increase of divorce rates for those who get married over the age of 32 is because “These are the kind of people who are not predisposed toward doing well in their marriages.” In other words, according to the opinion of the author, the creator of the study is essentially saying that anyone who waits to get married until they are 32 or older is not the right type of person to get married in the first place, and that is why there are problems.

First, it should be noted that this is only one person's opinion about the now-popular study, and different people have different opinions about the study and its validity. As our Birminghamdivorce attorneys have seen, despite all of the advice and statistics about divorce rates in America and the reasons for divorce, it seems that some marriages are the kind that will last forever and others simply will not, and even if the couple is choosing to stay married, it doesn't mean that it would not be better for all involved to get a divorce.

While some people question their decisions to get marriage and know there is little chance things will work out, most people enter their marriage thinking everything will be fine. The reason for this is because it is often impossible to know if you are truly compatible with a person until after you are married. If it turns out the marriage is not working, it doesn't mean that you failed, it just means you are not necessarily compatible with your spouse, and there is no shame in that.

Additional Resources:

Marrying After 32 INCREASES Your Chances Of Divorce, Says Study, July 24, 2015, Your Tango

About the Author

Steven D. Eversole

J.D., Samford University's Cumberland School of Law, Birmingham, Alabama B.A., University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, Alabama

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