Does marrying too young contribute to divorce?

On Behalf of | Jun 4, 2024 | Family Law

Is there an ideal age to get married? While this question may not have a one-size-fits-all answer, some ages may be considered “too young” for marriage. Studies show that people who get married too young are more likely to get a divorce.

So, why does this happen?

Their brain is still developing

The brain doesn’t fully develop/mature until age 25. This means how someone views a relationship before 25 may change with age. 

For example, someone may only focus on the love part of a relationship without confirming if they are truly compatible with the person they are about to marry. But when they become older, the parts of their brain responsible for decision-making will mature. Accordingly, they may start to notice things they didn’t in the beginning, perhaps their spouse has different financial beliefs from theirs, an element that significantly affects their home. 

Consequently, they may realize they may be incompatible with their spouse and, in turn, may consider divorce.

Changes in personality

People’s personalities change with age. So, people who marry too young are bound to see each other differently with age. For example, they may start having arguments when they become less agreeable or when a party that used to challenge the other, helping them grow, becomes more agreeable.

Unrealistic expectations

Unrealistic expectations can cause divorce among couples of any age. However, young people are more likely to have unrealistic expectations regarding marriage. And when they realize their spouse can’t meet such expectations, they may feel disappointed or lonely, increasing their chances of dissolving the marriage.

Marrying young can be incredible. However, it’s also a leading contributor to divorce. If you are experiencing the latter, obtain as much information as possible to have a smooth divorce.