Those who marry after their early thirties are now more likely to divorce than those who marry in their late twenties.

A study from the Institute for Family Studies finds 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. The change in slopes is statistically significant. The graph below shows what the relationship between age at marriage and divorce looks like now.

Divorce Rates and Age of Marriage
Past the age of 32 or so, the odds of divorce increase by 5 percent per year of age at marriage.

Older people have more baggage. If you’ve had children with one or more of your exes, there could be “baby mama drama.” Indeed, having multiple sexual partners prior to marriage significantly increases the chances of getting divorced.The kinds of people who wait till their thirties to get married may be the kinds of people who aren’t predisposed toward doing well in their marriages.Perhaps some people who delay marriage get so used to single life that they make lousy spouses should they ever decide to give marriage a try.

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