Can Your Age At Marriage Predict Divorce?

When it comes to relationships, they say age is just a number. This means that adults—anyone over the age of 18—are all treated the same. But that’s just not true. An 18-year-old does not have the same interests and goals as a 40-year-old. A 30-year-old may want kids, while a 60-year-old may be ready for retirement, so there are a lot of variances when partners are decades apart in age.

When it comes to marriage, your age can make a difference. That’s because, while you’re legally considered an adult at age 18, your brain isn’t fully developed until your mid-20s or so. So despite what you might think, reaching adulthood doesn’t mean you’re fully mature. There’s still a lot going on in your brain.

What this means is that if you get married before age 25, you are more likely to get divorced. Researchers looked at data from a five-year period—from 2006 to 2010—and found after five years of marriage, couples who got married between 20 and 24 years of age had a 27% risk of divorce, while couples who married as teens had an even higher risk of divorce, at 38%.

That’s because adults in their teens and early 20s still have a lot of growing up to do. A person does not magically become an adult when they turn 18. Young adults are still unable to regulate their emotions and understand what’s important to them. People can change a lot between the ages of 18 and 25. Even though your core elements may remain the same, people still see dramatic changes in their goals and desires.

When couples are together at age 18, they may grow tired of each other after a few years. If they do get married, it’s possible they could change as they reach their mid-20s.

In fact, it’s recommended that you wait until at least 25 years old to get married. Your risk of divorce goes down to 14% if you marry between the ages of 25 and 29. Your risk lowers even more if you wait until you are between 30 and 34 years of age. The divorce rate drops to just 10%.

Millennials are getting the hint. Getting married at an older age has become a trend. Many people are getting married in their 30s and as a result, they are staying married for longer compared to other generations.

Contact a Maryland Family Law Attorney Today

Younger people are not always ready for marriage. This may be due to various factors, such as biology, goals, desires, and other things that may be more important to a person than getting hitched.

No matter your age, divorce is a possibility. If you are having marital issues, seek legal help from a Columbia divorce lawyer from The Law Offices of Todd K. Mohink, P.A. We’ll help you deal with the emotional and legal aspects of your case. Schedule a free consultation by calling (410) 774-5987 or filling out the online form.


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