The statistics also revealed that the number of people who were getting married had decreased significantly over the past 10 years. Between 2002-2008, the stats found that there was an increase in divorces in the black African community. In the report, it was also found that most men divorced between the ages of 40-44, while the majority of women did so between the ages of 35-39.
Some of the key factors that led to divorce in South Africa include a lack of communication and financial woes.
Although the stats don’t reveal whether age was a factor in the high rate of divorce, according to a recent study, the divorce rate in the UK has dropped due to couples waiting longer to get married, which begs the question: could age be one of the reasons for divorce?
The study, conducted by the Office of National Statistics, revealed that the divorce rate in the UK dropped to its lowest level in 2015.
“Age at marriage is also considered to be closely linked to the risk of divorce, with those marrying in their teens and early 20s being at greater risk of divorce; our marriage statistics show that the average age at marriage has increased steadily since 1970 for both men and women,” the report said.
In a previous interview with DESTINY, Nolitha Mbuli*, who tied the knot when she was 24 and divorced after five years, said she didn’t believe that age plays a role in divorce.
“I don’t think I got married too soon; I actually think that was the perfect time and age,” she says. “It’s just that things changed after I got married and I never expected that the change would be so drastic. I came in with too many expectations and while I was able to compromise – like accepting that it was fine that my husband didn’t make me laugh at all, and I liked laughing – I was unable to let go of my other expectations, and that destroyed us,” she told DESTINY.
Additional source: Telegraph