There is a sweet spot for ensuring your marriage lasts, a new study suggests.
On either side of this age summit, the chance of having a long-lasting relationship declines.
Those who marry between 28 and 32 are least likely to divorce, if the data analysis from the US can be believed.
“The odds of divorce decline as you age from your teenage years through your late twenties and early thirties,” lead author University of Utah sociologist Nick Wolfinger said in a statement.
“Thereafter, the chances of divorce go up again as you move into your late thirties and early forties.”
For each year after 32, your chance of divorce goes up approximately 5 per cent, the study calculated.
Professor Wolfinger speculated that waiting longer may be evidence of your own poor suitability for marriage — or simply decrease your chances of finding a suitable mate.
“The kinds of people who wait till their thirties to get married may be the kinds of people who aren’t predisposed toward doing well in their marriages,” he said.
“[Or] people who marry later face a pool of potential spouses that has been winnowed down to exclude the individuals most predisposed to succeed at matrimony.”
Since the study was based only on US data, it is difficult to know if it is applicable to Australians.
Its findings also clash with accepted wisdom, TIME reported.
A majority of sociologists reportedly believe that older newlyweds usually have lower rates of divorce, no matter the age.