The Psychology of Divorce and Remarriage

It is widely known the divorce to marriage ratio annually is almost 50%.  What is not as well known is the breakdown of the divorced in relationship to the age of couples when they were initially married.  Over 64% of females and 50% of males who divorce are under the age of 25 when they are first married.   It appears that American children/young adults emotionally, socially or economically prepared for marriage at such a critical developmental stage of life.

Did you know that children within a marriage are truly a factor that keep couples together.  Over 66% of couples who divorce amazingly do not have children.  This has caused many Sociologist to believe that childlessness is a true cause of divorce.

How often have you heard it said that the second or third time is a “charm”?  Although such a statement might be true with jobs, re-enrolling in school or picking the right neighborhood to purchase a new home, it is not true for marriage.  In fact according to Jennifer Baker of The Forrest Institute of Professional Psychology in Springfield, Missouri 67% of second marriages and 74% of third marriages end in divorce.

Age at marriage for those who divorce in America



Under 20 years old 27.6% 11.7%
20 to 24 years old 36.6% 38.8%
25 to 29 years old 16.4% 22.3%
30 to 34 years old 8.5% 11.6%
35 to 39 years old 5.1% 6.5%

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