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What does age have to do with divorce?

On Behalf of | Jun 7, 2022 | Divorce & Family Law |

It is certainly true that all divorce cases are unique, so it’s hard to look at factors that impact one case and assume they will impact any other. But it’s also true that you can find general trends and statistics can paint a picture of how divorce tends to happen.

One thing that is interesting to look at as a lens for these divorce statistics is age. Let’s look at two ways that it can impact a divorce case.

Your age of marriage influences your divorce odds

First and foremost, the age at which you get married influences the chances that you will eventually decide to get divorced. As a general rule, it’s best not to get married too young, but to wait until your late 20s or early 30s. However, strictly waiting as long as possible doesn’t necessarily always lower your ads. Once you get past about 32 or 33 years old, those odds start going back up again.

Gray divorce is on the rise

Another way that age has played into recent divorce statistics is that the divorce rate is declining for most age groups, but gray divorce continues rising. This means that those who are 50 years old and older are getting divorced more often. This could play into the statistic noted above about getting married after 32 years old, as many people who are going through a gray divorce are actually ending their second marriage and they started it later in life.

Again, every case is different, but this shows how age can play a role. You need to consider all of your legal options if you are facing a divorce. 


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