Wednesday 27 May, 2020

Is there a ‘best age’ to tie the knot?

Have you been playing hooky as it relates to getting hitched?

After all when you take a look at the statistics relating to the rate of success of marriages, that statistic that everyone knows comes to mind, which says half of all marriages end in divorces.

50% that’s a gamble? Such a depressing stat may have you clinging to a life of singlehood.

However, it may not be all doom and gloom if you pay keen attention to the age in which you decide to tie the knot.

Yes, someone has studied marriage like a science and has found that if you get married between the ages of 28-32 you may have the greatest chance of success.

Sociological researcher Nicholas Wolfinger, whose study appeared in Psychology Today in 2016, found that the best age at which to get married appears to be between 28 and 32.

Wolfinger's study unearthed data that suggested that after five years of marriage, couples who married as teens have a 38% risk of divorce; those in their early twenties were equally also unlucky with a risk of divorce standing at 27%.

However you would imagine that those who wait until later would have much better odds, right?


According to data from Wolfinger's study, couples who wed for the first time at 35 or over had a 17% risk of divorce during their first five years of marriage- sounds okay until you see the data for what could be described at the optimal ages.

Wolfingers data reveals that rate divorce drastically declines if you wed between the ages of 25 and 29 which has a divorce rate of 14% and ages 30 to 34; at which time the divorce rate is only 10%

Over 35, the rate of divorce goes up again.

While there are not hard and fast rules about marriage, some marriage experts says marrying in your late 20s is ideal because for women they are more sure of what they want and still have time to have a family without fertility pressures; whereas for men 32 is ideal because tend to be more mature and more likely to be more responsible co-parents.

Are you convinced that it is time to stop pussyfooting around or do you think stats are for type A personality people? Tell us what you think in the comment section below.



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