When it comes to marriage, many people wonder if age really matters. For example, if you’re both 18 years old and ready for marriage…is that ‘right’ for the couple? And how about when the marriage doesn’t work out? Is there an ‘ideal age’ for divorce? There is no right and no wrong answer to any of these questions, however there are some factors and studies that can be applied to these questions.
Age Gaps in Couples
According to the New York Post, the bigger the age gap, the shorter the marriage. “A five-year age gap statistically means you’re 18 percent more likely to divorce (versus just 3 percent with a 1-year age difference), and that rate rises to 39 percent for a 10-year age difference and 95 percent for a 20-year age gap.” The point in this case is that couples who come from different generations have cultural differences that sometimes cannot be overcome.
Can Age at Marriage Predict Divorce?
The Institute for Family Studies blog discusses the research that young couples marriages typically end in divorce more so than older couples, however there is also a rise in divorces for couples who wait until later in life to marry. Regardless of these studies, successful marriages succeed when they are built on open communication skills and maturity.
Marital conflict can happen at any age. Gray divorce has become very common in recent years – in fact, the “Gray Divorce” has more than doubled since 1990. Regardless of age, divorce has become a subject that is not as taboo as it once was. People of all ages are taking control of their own happiness like never before.
Despite all of these studies and data around marriage, divorce, and age, there are no rules when it comes to the right age or the right time. Do what is best for you and your situation when it comes to marriage and divorce.