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Likelihood of divorce increases with age of couple, study says

A new study suggests that the longer one waits for marriage, the more likely it is that marriage will end prematurely. Connecticut residents might be interested to hear about this study, conducted by a psychologist at an out-of-state university. The study seems to suggest that marrying after the age of 30 could increase the chances of divorce. 

According to the study, which apparently accounted for social factors including socioeconomic background, race and income, 30 is something of a magic age when it comes to the decision to wed. If a couple gets married prior to the age of 30, the likelihood of divorce reportedly drops by 11 percent per year. That is to say, a couple married at 28 would be 11 percent less likely to divorce than a couple married at 29. 

However, after the age of 30, the likelihood of divorce apparently goes into overdrive, rising at the rate of about 5 percent per year. This is at odds with historical wisdom, which preached the value of waiting for marriage until both individuals were older and more settled into their lives. The psychologist conducting the study has postulated that the number of serious long-term relationships an individual accrues during their so-called single period can have an influence on their eventual marriage -- possibly even a detrimental one. 

Of course, Connecticut residents do not need to be reminded that no study can account for matters of the heart in an individual capacity. Divorce is almost never the result of just one factor, which of course does not make it any easier to navigate. Regardless of the age at which a couple decides to wed or divorce, seeking out professional assistance can help lower the time spent on the divorce itself and extend the time spent on the rest of each individual's lives. 

Source:, "People Who Get Married in Mid-30s or Later at Higher Risk for Divorce, New Study Suggests", Maria Yagoda, July 21, 2015

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