If you decided to tie the knot at a young age, you should not feel trapped in your marriage if it is not working out. Although statistics show that fewer young adults are getting married in comparison to previous decades, many people continue to get married in their 20s, and young people can face a number of challenges in these relationships.
Make sure you have a clear understanding of your options and review relevant legal topics, such as those involving kids (child custody and child support) as well as your finances.
Statistics on young adults, marriage and divorce
Data from the Census Bureau shows that in 2016, men aged 15 to 24 represented 2.4% of those who got a divorce in the past 12 months, while women made up 4% of those who divorced. During this period, men between 15 and 24 accounted for 14.9% of marriages during the past 12 months, and women in this age group represented 20.8% of marriages. In this period, men between 25 and 34 accounted for 43.7% of marriages (44.6% for women in this age bracket), and 19.2% of divorces involved men between 25 and 34 (23.6% for women).
Although more people are waiting to get married later in life, many young adults continue to enter into marital relationships. Inevitably, some of these marriages do not work out.
Approaching divorce with confidence
Sometimes, young adults feel pressured to make a toxic marriage work out, especially if they endured criticism from family members and others with respect to their decision to get married. You should not let these concerns prevent you from moving on, regardless of your age. Focus on your future, review your options thoroughly and approach the divorce process confidently.