We all know that getting married too young is a bit of a risk factor when it comes to your marriage going the distance, but did you know that there’s actually a perfect time frame to look at?
What you may not know is people who leave it later to get married also run a pretty high risk of it not working out.
An analysis conducted by University of Utah sociologist Nicholas Wolfinger found that divorce risk decreases for those who marry in their late 20s or early 30s. However, the risk is increased for people who get married in their late 30s.
According to his research, divorce risk goes up for those who marry after turning 32.
“What was true for decades no longer seems to be the case,” he wrote. “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.”
Wolfinger doesn’t have a clear answer on why divorce rates are higher for people who marry in their late thirties, but he suspects it could mean these folks never really wanted to get married in the first place.
His suspicion is that people who wait until their mid thirties to get married may be the kind of people who aren’t predisposed to doing well in a marriage.