Unfortunately for those who are thinking about getting married later in life, new evidence has shown that this may not be the route to conjugal happiness.
Jezebel reports that the University of Utah sociologist Nicholas Wolfinger took data from the National Survey of Family Growth, from 2006 to 2010, and concluded that if you get married at the age of 20, you are 50 per cent more likely to get divorced than if you had tied the knot at 25. Each year that you hold off after that reduces your divorce rate by 11 per cent; however, once you reach 32, the odds that you will separate go up annually by 5 per cent.
Wolfinger says this trend seems to be relatively recent, since a 2002 study discovered that the divorce rate of people who got married after 30 was plateauing instead of dropping. This implies that the previously held belief – that waiting longer to wed leads to a better marriage – might be false, and yet Wolfinger is not sure why this is.
He rejects a theory that if you get head down the altar after 30, you have probably had more complicated relationships and more exes, which could increase the temptation to cheat, saying that the data he has does not support these hypotheses. At least for now, there is not one glaring reason your plans to marry once you get settled in life could end in divorce.