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Are Young Couples More Likely to Get Divorced?

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Earlier this year, WCNC published an article online about the likelihood of young couples’ marriages ending in divorce. In the article, a Netflix show called The Ultimatum was mentioned as a catalyst for discussing whether younger couples are more likely to divorce than older couples. Specifically, the WCNC article centered on whether couples who get married before the age of 25 are too young to get married and more likely to get divorced than couples over 25 when they get married.

Are Couples Who Marry Before the Age of 25 More Likely to Get Divorced?

Per the WCNC article, yes, couples who get married before the age of 25 are statistically more likely to have their marriages end in divorce. The sources for the statistics referenced in the article included Nicholas Wolfinger, a sociological researcher, and Jackie Greco, a licensed clinical mental health counselor.

According to the statistics, if a couple gets married when they’re teenagers, they have a 38 percent risk of divorce. If a couple gets married when they’re 20 to 24, they have a 27 percent risk of divorce. By comparison, couples who get married when they’re 25 to 29 years old have a 14 percent risk of divorce, and couples who marry when they’re 30 to 34 years old only have a 10 percent risk of divorce.

Greco and Wolfinger believe that the reason for the increased likelihood of divorce for younger couples is that people are still growing and figuring out who they are until their mid to late 20s. The human brain doesn’t fully develop until a person reaches their mid-20s.

Many people are still learning to regulate their emotions, figuring out what they value most, and growing from young adults into full adults in their early 20s. So, the person they are in their late teens and early 20s could be very different from the person they eventually become in their late 20s and 30s.

That means that if they get married in their teens or early 20s, they could find that by the time they reach their late 20s or 30s, they and the person they married may have much less in common than they did when they married. This could result in them determining they’re no longer compatible and lead to them seeking a divorce.

Every couple is unique, and there’s no surefire way to determine whether a couple’s marriage will end in divorce. Still, these statistics shouldn’t be ignored, and couples who are under 25 should make sure they’re ready for marriage before they walk down the aisle.

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