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Young marriages lead to more divorces

Want to know how likely you are to get divorced? One key thing to consider is simply when you got married. The statistics suggest that those who get married at a young age are more likely to call it off than those who wait.

For example, one study looked at stats from the American Community Survey and the Bureau of Labor and discovered that there are very high divorce rates for those who get married between the ages of 15 and 20. These usually end within the first decade. Experts call them starter marriages and suggest that, just as with starter homes, people are ready to move on before too long.

A study that was carried out in 2015 tried to pinpoint the age at which people were least likely to get divorced. It claimed that marriages that lasted usually began when people were anywhere from 28 years old to 32 years old.

In the past two decades, it's also worth noting that divorce rates for people who tied the knot in their 50s have doubled. In many cases, even if one of the people are getting married for the first time, the other person has already been married and gotten divorced by this point. The rate at which these late marriages then fall apart is higher, perhaps in part because one person has already gone through the process.

Of course, these statistics are just averages; not all early or late marriages will fail, and not all marriages for people 28 to 32 years old will last. What is important is for those who are splitting up to make sure they know their legal options.

Source: Time, "This Chart Tells How Likely You Are to Get Divorced," Melissa Chan, accessed Jan. 03, 2018

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