Waiting until 25 to Marry Smart Idea: Study

Terri Orbuch has uncovered research suggesting that marrying too young – before mid-20s – might be a leading cause of divorce.

By Josh D. Simon
Updated: March 09, 2015
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Ask any divorced person or experienced family lawyer, and they’ll tell you that every divorce is a distinctive story -- because the multitude of details that cause a marriage to breakdown are always specific to the people involved.

However, author Terri Orbuch, Ph.D. has uncovered research that could take many of those many details and, well, throw them out the window; replacing them with a central, unifying, “Mother of all Causes” kind of thing: age.

Orbuch believes that folks who marry too young – that is, before their mid-20s – generally lack experience, education and personal growth that makes a marriage work.

“Educated people tend to be more confident about who they are and less willing to settle for a partner who doesn’t meet their standards,” Orbuch told College News. He also added that people in their mid-20s have developed a fundamental financial IQ that helps them avoid money-related battles with their spouse. And if this seems like a relatively minor point, consider that battling over finances is a leading cause of divorce.

However, the ultimate reason may have to do with personal growth and maturity, says Orbuch’s co-researcher Paul Coleman, PsyD. “Perhaps the most important aspect of waiting [to get married] is that you’ll know what your goals and values really are,” Colemand said. “While you don’t always want to marry someone just like you, marriage is a lot easier if both partners share a similar outlook on life.”
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January 02, 2011

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