6 Ridiculous Divorce Stats That Will Scare Any Sane Woman

bride and groomAccording to the U.S. Census bureau’s statistics, if you get married before the age of 30, your marriage is almost certainly doomed to failure. Wow! That would have been good to know before I consented to marry the Big Guy after four months of dating when I was a wee 26 years old. Of course, we are about to celebrate our 15th wedding anniversary in a couple months and, to be honest, there seems to be no end in sight. Screw the stats, they don’t know me.

Here are a few other ridiculous divorce statistics.

If your parents are happily married, your risk of divorce decreases by 14 percent.

Sure, this makes loads of sense because obviously if you never see a couple argue and make up, you'd just assume that successfully married couples never fight and you'd become passive in the relationship. Hogwash. In reality, you learn how to make things work and what it means to have a partner for life. Me, I'll fight for my marriage like a wildcat. Thanks, Mom and Dad!

Living together prior to getting married can increase the chance of getting divorced by as much as 40 percent.

This is true because if you lived with someone prior to marriage and realized that they snored like a jet plane, had no inkling of how to change a toilet paper roll, and dropped their dirty socks wherever they took them off, you'd kill them before you ever made it to the altar.

The average length of a marriage that ends in divorce is eight years.

Well, the eight-year mark is just about the time you have the mortgage on your dream home, two dogs, two cars, tuitions, PTO, and maybe a toddler who's tantruming. Your husband’s starting to lose his hair and you’ve got a few grays; now is as good a time as any to get out while the getting’s good. By getting’s good, I mean you still have most of your teeth and the kids are still cute enough for someone else to love.

The average age for couples going through their first divorce is 30 years old.

Well, they say 40 is the new 30. So I guess that makes 30 the new 20, and who the hell wants to be tied down to a partner for life at 20 when there are still so many potential sex partners in the bars? Also, that 30-year-old meltdown and subsequent midlife crisis is truly unattractive and can definitely warrant a divorce.

Overall, people living in northeastern states have lower marriage and divorce rates. While those in southern states are more likely to get married, they also have higher divorce rates.

Having lived in a few southern states, there is not much else for the young people to do in small towns but drink and fornicate. Many are raised with a no sex before marriage mentality. Therefore, they get married to screw because tipping cows and getting high gets boring after a couple months. While in the northeastern states, they’re more likely to focus on their careers and financial security, so when they do get married and decide to have children at 40, there’s no way they’re splitting it 50/50 with retirement right around the corner. It’s cheaper to stay married.

Do you think these statistics hold true? Maybe they do and maybe they don't, but screw the stats. You fall in love with people, not with facts and figures or probability. My advice: go all in and see what happens. It worked for me.

Do you think if you get married before the age of 30, your marriage is destined for divorce?


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Bruic... Bruickson

Well I guess my husband and I should start looking for lawyers. We got married at 23, lived together beforehand, are coming up on six yrs of marriage and we are both turning 30 this yr. Oh, and we also live in the south. Hopefully my parents happy 38 yr marriage will help our chances but since his parents are divorced it probably just cancels it out. Statistics, shmatistics!

Rebec... Rebecca7708

Happily married does not mean they never argue and make up.

nonmember avatar Cecilia

I married at 23 and we just celebrated 11 years of marriage. Both are parents are still happily married. We are both college graduates and we did NOT live together prior to getting married.
IMO the #reason for divorce is SELFISHNESS. Spouses that put their wants over their partners needs are selfish. Be the spouse you want to have.

nonmember avatar blue

Not worried about it. I picked a good partner. Most divorce can be prevented, by simply picking a good partner. People think because they love someone, that is enough. It's not. You have to know it's someone who can be in a relationship through struggles. How many people choose mates who are selfish, abusive, not committed, immature, etc. People get married on a whim, it makes sense that divorce would be so high. I got married in my early twenties, have been married nearly a decade. We are very happy.

MrsLa... MrsLandon2012

I got married at 25, my husband was 29, and we've only been married two years. We also both come from broken homes. Guess we better get hooked up with lawyers now! Like the two previous posters said, part of staying together is selfLESSness, and picking the right partner. I think I've done both, and we are very happy!

Taisie Taisie

Cecelia said:


"IMO the #reason for divorce is SELFISHNESS. Spouses that put their wants over their partners needs are selfish. Be the spouse you want to have"


I couldn't agree more!

nonmember avatar Vriska

My grandparents married when they were 14 & 18. They have been married 60 years, and still cuddle on the couch every night. My parents both married other people young, divorced, and found each other before 25. My parents are coming up on their 30 year anniversary. My husband and I are high school sweethearts, married at 23, and are still happily married and coming up on being 30. (we are all from 1 horse towns in the south. And I didnt drink as a teen or 'get around'. And I didnt marry to get some. I married my one and only, and we had been sexually active years before we married lol.)

Like my grandma says: Marriage is work. You have good days, you enjoy them. You have bad days, you get over it. You work through the issues, and try again tomorrow.

Heavy... Heavy_Pipe

You left out the best stat: 70% of divorces are initiated by women

nonmember avatar KEL

I'll ignore your ridiculous stereotyping of the South, and concede that we Southerners do tend to lean toward traditional morals of marriage first. In my case, my husband and I met, fell in love, moved in together, got engaged, and got married in less than a year of knowing each other. We were 21 and 22 and are going on four years. We have had difficult times, but we believe in our vows and each other. At 8 years, I'd be 29. My parents married at 17 and 18 in 1979 and are still going strong, my grandparents are going on 60 years and my other set were married until my mamaw's death. My husband's parents have been married around 27 years, and his grandparents have been married over 60. His one deceased grandmother had one divorce and then became a widow when her second husband died. In my opinion, divorce is usually laziness and selfishness.

nonmember avatar Sarah

Well, both sets of parents were divorced, we lived together before we were married, we were married for 8 years and I was 32 and he was 30 when we divorced. Seems to hold true for me I guess.

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