When is the best time to get married? What is the average age of marriage in Canada? According to research and data, some ages may actually better than others to tie the knot — and there are other ages that seem predestined for divorce. While everyone’s situation is, of course, unique, we’re looking at the best ages to get married (plus ages when it may be more challenging to seal the deal).
There are best and worst ages to get married
It’s a numbers game, too. The longer you wait, the less viable partners you can choose from, especially in heterosexual relationships, as women outnumber men.
The age of 18 might be considered “adult,” but it may not be the perfect age to get married. The same research points that getting married in the teens has a divorce rate of 38 per cent in their first five years of marriage. It lowers in the 20s to 27 per cent — but that’s still one in four marriages ending in divorce. Wait for your mid-30s, and it dips to 17 per cent.
Here's an interesting fact though, 100 per cent of divorces result from marriage.
But, if you want to have a few years to be child-free and give yourself a few years to “try” for kids, you’ll have to minus that from 32.
Wait until 35 or 36, or later, and fertility begins to drop. Of course, pregnancy can happen. But the later in life women try to have children the more likely they will need medical help, such as in vitro fertilization, or consider surrogate or adoption.
The majority of research on the topic concurs that men’s health benefits from marriage, regardless of age. In fact, it’s the single men who are more likely to die younger than their married counterparts.
A study published in the Journal of Public Health by researchers at the University of Coimbra found that women who become pregnant in their 30s or older have a higher life expectancy, than if they had children in their 20s.
At age 60, that’s when financial literacy often begins to fall.
Female study participants were placed into categories for getting married "early," "on time" or "late." “Early” is before 23. “On time” is between 23 and 27. And “late” is 28 and older.
Men gave themselves a few years’ leeway. “Early” means before 26. “On time” is between 27 and 30. And “late” 30 or older.
Those who got married earlier in life, around 23 and younger, reported increased risk of depression in mid-life.
Age: Before 50
Why? They’re just not interested in paying for a wedding and all the red tape that comes with sharing finances.
Nothing wrong with being single
Why? It may be their choice. First, they haven't found someone they want to marry. They don't feel financially ready and are just not being ready to settle down yet.