So, does love conquer all? We like to think so, but apparently not. Age might matter.
According to research from The Institute for Family Studies, a pro-family group, the age at which couples get married matters. Scholars plotted data from over 6,000 couples to see how age impacts the long term success of a marriage. It turns out that it's not necessarily the case that waiting longer to marry increases chances of success.
Instead, there is a window where chances for success are highest: that window starts approximately in the mid-twenties, as chances for success increase substantially with each year. Then, interestingly, by the time couples in their late thirties and forties are ready to tie the knot, we see reduced chances of success and divorce rates start to climb again.
According to the data, even if you're outside the prime age group, you're better off waiting. Though people before their mid-twenties and people after their mid-thirties are less likely to have successful marriages than those in between, the older group does still have a higher rate of success than the younger group. And that is the general trend: the median age of marriage is higher than it has ever been, 29 for men and 27 for women.
The bottom line: love may not have a timeline, but it seems that marriage does.