New study reveals that getting married after this age means you'll probably divorce
Many people believe that the reason behind the increase in divorce rates and changes in when people get married is due to a variety of different reasons. The most common train of thought is that we are no placing more impetus on our careers and money, rather than our relationships, leading to marriage falling on the back-burner. But while marriage is no longer held in the same esteem as it used to be and it no longer sits at the forefront of our minds, that doesn't mean that plenty of people still don't want to tie the knot.
But what is the perfect age to get married? Surely if you commit too early, you're bound to break up and get divorced in the long run? So it's better to wait it out, right?
Well, not really. According to Nicholas Wolfinger, a sociologist at the University of Utah, there is a very specific time in your life that you should be marrying the love of your life. Wolfinger looked at data from the National Survey of Family Growth from 2006 to 2010 and concluded that there is a 7-year period that is ideal for marriage.
According to his findings, if you get married at the age of 20, you are 50 percent more likely to get divorced than if you had married at the age of 25. Also, every year after the age of 25 brings with it a 11 percent reduced rate in divorce. But, while it may seem like the waiting game is your best bet, it turns out that you better get married before 32, as the odds that you will end up divorced go up by five percent each year after that.
Wolfinger says that this trend is fairly new and remarks that a previous study conducted with data collected in 2002 showed that divorce rates in people who got married after 30 tended to flatten out rather than drop.
According to the sociologist, his results break the long-held notion that if you wait longer to get married, you'll have a better marriage. However, despite conducting the study, Wolfinger doesn't have an explanation for this peculiar trend.
The sociologist does throw out one theory that if you get married after 30, it's more than likely that you've had complicated relationships and therefore have had more exes. According to Wolfinger, this could make you feel more tempted to cheat on your current partner, but he does warn that his data doesn't confirm this theory and that he doesn't have a clear answer as to why this is happening.
So, while the data suggests that in order to have a successful marriage you need to get hitched between the ages of 25 - 32, there isn't one specific reason why. If you're approaching 32 and thinking your time is up or you're still single and not even thinking about the 'big day' - don't worry, as, by the sounds of it, Wolfinger is a clueless as the rest of us when it comes to deciding what it is that makes a marriage work.