The Right Age To Get Married


The optimal age to get married, with the least likelihood of divorce in the first five years,” says marriage and family therapist Carrie Krawiec of the Birmingham Maple Clinic in Troy, Michigan. Individuals in this age range, according to the “Goldilocks theory,” are neither too old nor too young.

Krawiec goes on to say that partners should be “old enough” to tell the difference between genuine compatibility and puppy love, but “young enough” to be open to new experiences and perspectives.

Hold off until your head has finished developing, at the very least. There is a certain maturity level that a person reaches where they will likely succeed in their marriage, and it typically happens after age 25, according to Rancho Counseling founder Alicia Taverner. They “married before they were ready” or “before they had the experiences that come with the singledom of your 20s,” according to many of the couples on the verge of divorce that I encounter in my practice.

The frontal lobe of the brain is thought to be the last to fully develop, and full development may not happen until age 25 or even 30. Decisions made in the early years may be influenced by a less developed capacity to balance moral and ethical behavior. Couples in their 30s are not only more experienced than those in their 20s, but they also frequently have higher levels of education and a more secure financial foundation. (Financial difficulties can play a significant role in bringing about a divorce.)

However, in contrast to the findings of earlier studies, the likelihood of getting divorced after the age of 32 or so increases by roughly 5% annually. Instead of declining as it had in years prior to this time period, the risk of divorce for those who married in their 30s has leveled off since roughly the year 2000. This pattern has previously been noticed.

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