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Who Are All These Twenty-Somethings Getting Divorced?

Who Are All These Twenty-Somethings Getting Divorced?

Lisa married her forever guy at the age of 20. She planned the perfect marriage in a comfortable house with a husband that doted on her and the finishing touch of 2.4 children. She expected domestic bliss, roses filling the entryway, and a forever happy ending. Instead, she was divorced by 23.

This is one example amongst many of the twenty-somethings who are married and divorced before they hit 30. What is behind the upward tick in twenty-something divorces? From the mouths of twenty-something divorcees, it goes a little something like this:

“I was in it for the ideal. I met him when I was 15 – he was my first real boyfriend, but really, we hardly knew each other. I was very emotionally dependent upon him and as we got older that changed.”

“It was just a typical boyfriend/girlfriend things that would have (and should have) run its course, but I pressured myself to take the next step towards what was ‘supposed’ to happen. That was to get married, to get a house and to start a family. I thought it was everything I’d ever need or want.”

The most recent numbers released from the National Office of Statistics state that men and women in their twenties exhibit the highest rate of divorce of all age groups. In the year 2007, this age bracket experienced 26.8 divorces per 1,000 married individuals. This is more than twice the average rate for other age brackets. This generation’s tendency towards marriage and divorce in their twenties is even evident amongst the celebrities: Reese Witherspoon, Billie Piper, Britney Spears, etc. It’s actually become a part of the population’s mindset. Experts in social science have even gone so far as to suggest that young divorcees will often consider their early marriages as learning experiences that made them more prepared for an eventual, “grown up” relationship.

As is often the case with social phenomena, the pendulum now seems to be swinging in the opposite direction, the upcoming generation is leaning more towards experimenting with different partners prior to marriage. In fact, such a hasty decision to get married is seen as curious to the “new” twenty-somethings. Most young adults are not opting to reject marriage entirely in favor of co-habitation or simply delay it. The average age for tying the knot for the next generation of twenty-somethings leans more towards 29 for women and 31 for men.

Projecting social cadences is an intense endeavor, but the fact of the matter is that marriage and divorce are serious issues to consider in modern society. And it’s a good thing that young people are embracing an awareness of the serious side of marriage. Yet no matter what age you are or how well prepared you were for marriage before you took that step, there are no guarantees.

If you need to discuss filing for divorce, or if you have questions about a divorce you are currently filing, please get in touch with one of the experienced Arizona divorce lawyers at Arizona Family Law Attorneys. We can assist you and make sure that you have a thorough understanding of the divorce process and what to expect.
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