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The Age of Marital Capacity: Reconsidering Civil Recognition of Adolescent Marriage

@article{Hamilton2012TheAO,
  title={The Age of Marital Capacity: Reconsidering Civil Recognition of Adolescent Marriage},
  author={V. Hamilton},
  journal={Boston University Law Review},
  year={2012},
  volume={92},
  pages={1817}
}
  • V. Hamilton
  • Published 2012
  • Sociology, Psychology
  • Boston University Law Review
  • Age at marriage has for decades been the strongest and most unequivocal predictor of marital failure. The likelihood of divorce nears 80 percent for those who marry in mid-adolescence, then drops steadily. Delaying marriage until the mid-twenties reduces one’s likelihood of divorce to 30 percent. Women who marry at age twenty-one or younger, moreover — and one in ten U.S. women do — experience worse mental and physical health, attain less education, and earn lower wages than those who marry… CONTINUE READING
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