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Younger couples more likely to get married, divorced in Utah

With summer just around the corner, many Salt Lake City residents are undoubtedly busy planning their weddings. This includes many younger individuals, as Utah reportedly has the lowest median age in the country when it comes to marriage. Utah also has a higher divorce rate, however, than the national average.

The divorce rate includes a mix of younger and older couples. However, experts have suggested there may be different reasons why a younger couple gets divorced than an older couple. For instance, older couples may be at a point where they have been hurting for many years and they have finally made the decision to come to the end of a marriage.

Younger couples, on the other hand, may be impacted by scientific reasons, as the frontal lobe, which controls reasoning, has not even fully formed until a person's mid-twenties. Accordingly, individuals who get married at a younger age may realize later that it may not have been the best decision.

No matter what the reason is behind the divorce or what age the couple may be, there are divorce legal issues that must be confronted in each case. For example, one key issue for many couples is determining custody of the minor children.

Another key issue, even for younger individuals who do not yet have children, is dividing the couple's assets. For younger individuals, there may be more arguments that a person should be allowed to keep more of the property they brought into the marriage, particularly if the marriage did not last very long. Accordingly, it can be contentious in determining what property is marital property that must be divided among the spouses, and what property is allowed to be kept by a person outside of the marriage.

Source: KSL, "Effects of divorcing in your 20s," Sara Jarman and Elizabeth Griffiths, April 21, 2015

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