When you break that down by number of marriages: In America, there is one divorce approximately every 36 seconds*.

That's nearly 2,400 divorces per day, 16,800 divorces per week and 876,000 divorces a year.

Demographers Teresa Castro-Martin and Larry Bumpass assert that “the inverse relationship between age at marriage and the likelihood of marital disruption is among the strongest and most consistently documented in the literature.”*** Dating for a sufficiently lengthy period allows us to establish a stronger sense of self and to define life goals and priorities. Example: Average 10 month engagement period, so pre-engagement dating for 2.75 years engagement period of 0.85 years = pre-marriage relationship duration of 3.6 years.

A later age of marriage and a more lengthy courtship explains in some part the high levels of marital satisfaction reported within my well educated sample of respondents.

The average age of marriage across the United States for the same time period was 23.6 for women and 25.8 for men*, so the men and women in this sample were 3 to 3.5 years older on average at the time of marriage.

I suppose the relatively high average age of marriage in the sample would explain a curious personal experience that I once had that has never been repeated at other weddings I’ve attended.

In 3.6 years, the average time before marriage in my research sample, there is plenty of time for two people to carefully evaluate each other’s character, assess compatibility, set off future land mines, and figure out how to work through conflicts together.

Looking at specific divorce statistics for age and region — as well as gay and celebrity divorce rates — can provide an interesting picture of divorce stats in the U. Most people already know that around 50 percent of marriages in the United States end in divorce.• Your early 30s because people are more aware of what they want and have grown up—remaining independent and less likely to project unhappiness onto their partner.• I met my husband at a very young age, when we were both college sophomores, so to be honest I wasn't looking for anything like a life partner. "Recent Trends in Marital Disruption," Demography, 26, 41.Because it felt important and timely, I deviated last week from my central topic to write a short piece on deceptive marketing practices affecting untold numbers of returning Veterans with G. In addition to being a highly accomplished group, well-educated people are thoughtful planners and strategists. This week brings a refocus on the central theme of this blog: What are the multiple reasons that well-educated people have better marriages relative to the general population?” Here are some representative answers to this question: • I believe you should not get married before your late 20s at the very earliest.