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To reduce chances of divorce, marry between age 28 and 32 –Study

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For years, divorce research led us to believe that marrying later is related to lower odds of divorce. But a study from 2015, which has recently resurfaced, has thrown doubt over that conclusion.

Led by the Institute of Family Studies at the University of Utah, the research revealed that couples who marry in their late twenties or early thirties face the lowest odds of divorce.

After analysing data from the 2006-10 and 2011-13 National Survey of Family Growth, the study, which was led by Nick Wolfinger, suggested that to boost the chances of a lasting marriage, couples should get hitched between the ages of 28 and 32.

Unsurprisingly, researchers found that the divorce risk is higher when you’re younger (with couples who marry in their teens having the highest chance of divorce), before steadily reducing towards your late 20s and early 30s.

Experts have dubbed this 28-32 period the “Goldilocks zone,” but as soon as you’re past the just-right age region, the divorce risk starts to increase again, with the chance of divorce increasing five per cent for every year after 45 that a marriage begins.

Study authors suggest this may be because those who get married at a young age may not have looked around enough for the right partner, while those who wait longer to get married may have “less of the necessary cognitive and emotional resources to maintain their relationships than those who start around the age of 30.”

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