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Marriage after 32: higher risk for divorce?

There is a lot of research out there on the topic of divorce. To some degree, we all have a curiosity about why some marriages succeed and why other marriages fail. While research findings can give us a broad idea of what is going on in terms of marriages and divorces, research cannot really predict how any one marriage will turn out in the long run.

Our readers may be interested to hear about some findings that came out recently. A researcher has found that the chances of divorce seem to increase past the early 30s. Specifically, it “increases by 5 percent per year of age at marriage.” This increase for those over the age of 32 seems to happen despite a person’s religion, geographical location or ethnicity.

The researcher looked at data from 1995 until recent years in order to come to this conclusion. While this may be the outcome reasoned from the statistics, it’s hard to pinpoint exactly why this happens. The researcher threw out many different theories for why this may be happening. He said it’s possible that people who wed late may have trouble with interpersonal relationships. It’s also possible that those at an older age may be set in their ways or had no interest in getting married in the first place.

It’s hard to really know why one couple ends up staying together and another couple splits, but this type of research attempts to give us some insight on the inner workings of marriages and divorces.

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