Teen marriage used to be fairly common, but that’s not really true in modern America. People are living longer, and they’re also waiting longer to get married. Plus, with both men and women going to college at such high rates, teens may feel they are nowhere near ready to get married.
That said, it still does happen. What impact could it have on the future of that marriage if the two people getting married are still teens?
Divorce rates skyrocket
The biggest thing to note is that divorce rates are massively higher for teen marriages. They could be as much as two or three times higher, when compared to people who wait until they’re closer to 30 than they are to 20. It is very clear that getting married at a young age, while not guaranteeing a future divorce, greatly increases the chances.
Why this happens is a bit more complicated. In some cases, young people just grow apart as they grow up. An intense, passionate relationship may fizzle and lose all emotion. In other cases, they find that being married is difficult, and they’re just not ready for it at 18 or 19 years old. In still other cases, they see all of their friends living such different lives than they are, and they decide that they no longer want to go down this path. Being married to someone from 18 until the day they die starts to feel daunting and not romantic.
Learning about divorce
If you got married too young and now you want to get divorced, it’s important to learn as much as you can about the process.