A new study suggests that people who get married between the ages of 28 and 31 have the best chances of success.
People who marry within this time frame are less likely to divorce in the following years which contradicts the previous understanding that the later in life you married, the better your chances of staying together.
Sociologist Nick Wolfinger of the University of Utah conducted the study which was published by the Institute of Family Studies.
As you age from your teenage years to your late twenties and early thirties the odds of divorce decline but once you wait until your late thirties or early forties to get hitched your chances of divorce increase.
In fact, for every year after the age of 32 you can add a whopping 5% increase in your chances of splitting up.
One of the reasons why people are most successful between the ages of 28 and 32 may be that they are possibly less set in their ways than older people and more likely to be free from attachments with ex-husbands or wives or children.
Wolfinger writes, “The kinds of people who wait till their thirties to get married may be the kinds of people who aren’t predisposed toward doing well in their marriages."
He adds, “people who marry later face a pool of potential spouses that has been winnowed down to exclude the individuals most predisposed to succeed at matrimony.”
I have a friend who, although the soul of tact and kindness, will persist in telling me she makes love with her husband every day. Sometimes they're so frisky, she adds with a misty look in her eyes, they notch up two bouts in under 24 hours. The fact they've been together for several decades and have a clutch of children makes this even more galling.