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Could age indicate a future divorce? Some researchers say 'yes'

Age might be nothing but a number in some aspects of life, but some experts claim it could have a pretty significant impact on New York couples' love lives. Studies apparently show that a person's age at the time of their marriage could indicate the chance of possibly divorcing later on. Of course, this study does not claim that anyone who marries outside of the so-called ideal age will be sure to divorce, but the findings might still be intriguing to some.

Sociologists at an out-of-state university conducted the age-based study. The researchers used data from two separate time periods -- one that ran from 2006 through 2010, and the other from 2011 through 2013. After plotting the data on a graph that related age at marriage and divorce, one of the researchers noted spotting something interesting. He called it a bell curve that was flipped upside down.

The bell curve apparently indicated a higher rate of divorce for couples who married in their teen years, and that rate steadily decreased until the age range of 28 to 32 years old. The researchers noticed a trend of about a 5 percent increase in divorce for each individual year after this age group. While being married in this time frame might have some recorded benefits, discerning anything absolute from a single study that used relatively limited timeframes might ultimately be impossible.

So does this mean that a couple is destined to divorce if they marry outside of the so-called Goldilocks age, meaning that they are neither too young nor too old? Every relationship and marriage in New York is uniquely distinct, and while age might have a bearing on some couples' choices to divorce, it is possibly just as likely that it will have no influence on another's divorce. Ultimately, the choice to file for divorce is a deeply personal decision for each couple.

Source: Time, "Math Says This Is the Perfect Age to Get Married", Belinda Luscombe, July 21, 2015

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