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Does age predict when people might get divorced?

Some married couples may be interested to know that 2013 data from a Minnesota Population Center project may show some correlations between a person's age and whether or not they've been divorced. Researchers also combined their information with statistics from the 1960 and 1980 censuses to get a bead on how factors like the era impacted the likelihood of different relationship outcomes.

Data showed that in 2013, the fraction of 30-year-olds who had already ended a marriage was around 12 percent. As people's ages increased, so did the likelihood that they'd separate, divorce or get remarried. This trend continued until the age of 59, when the percentage of people whose marriages had ended was 42 and the percentage of people who were still in unbroken first marriages was about 43.

Comparisons with census data from prior decades showed that in 2013, people over the age of 40 had increased chances of already being divorced, remarried or separated than similar age groups might have in 1960 or 1980. These earlier decades were also characterized by higher percentages of individuals in their 20s who had ended a marriage and increased fractions of people who had remarried once or twice by the time they were 30-years-old.

Many people whose marriages are coming to an end feel like resolving their issues quickly and then put the conflict behind them. However, they need to be aware that keeping a level head could make it easier to cope with the aftermath of a broken relationship. Handling divorce legal issues such as child support and property division can often be difficult, and a person who is facing the end of a marriage may want to have the assistance of a family law attorney in negotiating a comprehensive settlement agreement that addresses these matters.

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