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Do teen marriages last?

You’re 19 years old. You just finished your first year of college. You and your significant other decide that you want to get married. You’re in love, you feel committed to the relationship, and you’re eager to start this next stage in your life.

But is it going to last, or are you just headed for divorce?

Statistically speaking, the odds are not in your favor. When teens get married, even though they are legal adults, divorce is more common. Some studies have found that over 50 percent of teens wind up getting divorced in the next decade and a half.

There are also some potential downsides for people who get married at a young age, which could impact the rest of their lives. The Center for Law and Social Policy says: “Compared to girls who marry later, teenage brides have less schooling, less independence, and less experience of life and work.”

Why is the divorce rate so high? There are numerous reasons. For example:

  • Teens do not really know how serious marriage is and view it just like a dating relationship.
  • They often run into problems with money while trying to make it on their own.
  • Very young couples grow apart as they become adults and the marriage no longer works.
  • They learn things about each other that they simply didn’t know before the marriage, and these things — like addictions, bad habits and personality traits — can ruin the relationship.

No matter how old you were when you got married, if you find yourself moving toward divorce, you should seek experienced legal guidance.