Divorce Research by Erica Barton

What Age are Men Most Likely to Get Divorced in America?

As a writer, it’s always so much fun to come up with random and bizarre questions and then get to do the research to find the answer. One such question I came up with recently was when I was researching for one of the books in my Wannabe Spy Club series. That question: “At what age are men most likely to get divorced in America?”

Actually, the real question I had was: “What is the divorce rate in America?” However, as I was doing the research for this much less interesting question, I came across an article that actually detailed out divorce rates by age and sex. Looking at the statistics, I suddenly found an answer to the much more interesting question of who gets divorced when…and thus the topic of this blog post. So, for those of you who came to this site just because of the question in the title, here is the answer*:

According to 2011 divorce statistics, men that get married at the following ages have the corresponding divorce rates (Age When Married / Percent of Divorce):

  • Married Before 20 years old / 11.7% are likely to get divorced…
  • 20 to 24 years old / 38.8%
  • 25 to 29 years old / 22.3%
  • 30 to 34 years old / 11.6%
  • 35 to 39 years old / 6.5%

For women, the rates are as follows:

  • Married Before 20 years old / 27.6% are likely to get divorced…
  • 20 to 24 years old / 36.6%
  • 25 to 29 years old / 16.4%
  • 30 to 34 years old / 8.5%
  • 35 to 39 years old / 5.1%

What I can’t help but conclude from this information (in my own twisted way), is that it seems the best time to snag a man is either before he turns 20, or after he turns 30. The “before 20″ part I happen to find especially interesting. Does that mean that a man’s “first love” is likely enough to last him a lifetime?

As for women, it seems the best time for a woman to settle down is any time after 25. That’s a good argument for anyone with an over-romantic daughter… “Wait until after college.”

If you find this article interesting, you should definitely check out the original article. You might be surprised to see the statistics on religious couples divorce rates versus agnostics and atheists. (I know I was surprised.)

* Source: http://divorcerate2011.com/divorce-updates

Erica Barton is a full time blogger, writer and researcher. She spends most of her time focusing on the three “R’s”: Reading books, ‘riting for fun and profit, and Riding her motorcycle. You can find out more about Erica at www.EricaBarton.com.