The Best Age To Get Married If You Want To Avoid Divorce

If you happen to take the marriage plunge between the ages of 25 and 34, consider yourself lucky: according to Nicholas H. Wolfinger, a University of Utah psychologist, you have the lowest risk of divorce.

You probably already know that people who marry as teens face the highest risk of divorce (just think of your high school sweetheart). So it makes sense to get married older, as you're more financially and emotionally stable. Which is true ... up to a point.

“My data analysis shows that prior to age 32 or so, each additional year of age at marriage reduces the odds of divorce by 11 percent," Wolfinger writes in a post for Family Studies. "However, after that, the odds of divorce increase by 5 percent per year.”

The results held true even after controlling for social and demographic factors and number of sexual partners.

Why? Wolfinger thinks that maybe those who get married later in life get so used to single life, they end up making terrible spouses should they eventually give marriage a shot.

Big bummer, huh? Right in the middle of wedding season, too!

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