It’s no secret that people these days are waiting until they are older to get married. With a recent study finding that the average age of marriage is now five years older than it was in 1960, there is a definite shift towards waiting long periods of time before getting married.
With divorce rates soaring, it’s no surprise that young couples are veering on the side of caution when it comes to marriage. The general attitude seems to be that there is a need to wait until you are absolutely sure before getting married and because of this, many young couples are waiting until they are well into their thirties before heading to the altar.
“It’s no mystery why people who marry as teens face a high risk of divorce,” writes researcher Nicholas Wolfinger of the Institute for Families. “Just recall your high school boyfriend or girlfriend. Along with the exhilaration of first love often came jealousy, insecurity, pressure from parents or friends, and tearful doubts about the future.”
While an ever-increasing amount of people are waiting until they are older to get married, the research showed that there comes a point in your thirties when your likelihood of divorce becomes higher again. While data showed that couples who married in their thirties in previous years had more successful marriages, new data is showing that couples who marry at this age now have soaring rates of divorce.
“What was true for decades no longer seems to be the case,” Wolfinger wrote. “I analysed data collected between 2006 and 2010 from the National Survey of Family Growth (NSFG)… My data analysis shows that prior to age 32 or so, each additional year of age at marriage reduces the odds of divorce by 11 percent. However, after that the odds of divorce increase by 5 percent per year.”
So what does this actually mean? The data showed that getting married very young (in your teen years) increases your chance of divorce and then as you progress through your twenties, your chance of marriage success gradually gets higher. After the age of about 32 however, your risk of divorce spikes again.
While the researcher was unable to fully conclude why this happens, it was suggested that many people who are single into their thirties may have a complicated relationship history that makes it harder for them to ease into marriage for emotional reasons.
As the study concluded, “for almost everyone, the late twenties seems to be the best time to tie the knot” and couples who get married at this age are more likely to have relationships that succeed.