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Does age at time of marriage affect likelihood of divorce?

Nobody gets married thinking that their wedded bliss will one day end in divorce. Even though the divorce rate has dropped from its peak in the 1970s and 80s, not all marriages last forever. Some Georgia residents might wonder if, statistically, their marriage was likely to come to an end. While many marriages end due to financial troubles, studies suggest that age has something to do with it as well. So, what exactly is the best age to get married? Does age have anything to do with the longevity of a marriage?

A study conducted by the University of Utah says that in order to increase the chances of marital bliss, it's a good idea to get married between the ages of 25 and 32. So, while many believe that the longer they wait, the better, waiting too long may have repercussions regarding the possibility of divorce.

While it's obvious that those who marry young are often incapable of staying together in the long run due to immaturity, the reason why divorce rates climb after age 32 is not so clear. The researcher who conducted the study believes that if a person is waiting so long for marriage, he or she may not be cut out for the many demands of a long-lasting union.

Of course, this is just a statistic and doesn't mean that a couple who marries later in life is doomed to fail. Those who marry at any age will still face the challenges that come with marriage, from learning how to live together to raising a family to managing money. Marriage requires a lot of effort, and the reality is that the end of a marriage can be caused by a variety of factors. As a result, it may be beneficial for engaged couples at any stage of life to protect themselves with prenuptial agreements before officially tying the knot.

Source: Huffington Post, "Getting married past this age increases your risk of divorce, research suggests," Brittany Wong, July 17, 2015

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