In light of MTV’s hit shows “Teen Mom” and “Teen Mom 2,” the network’s website has opened a discussion about how likely teen marriages are to succeed.
I don’t think it will be a surprise to many that teens who marry, with or without a baby, have a tough road ahead of them.
According to MTV.com:
“So what exactly is the divorce rate for teen marriages? It’s pretty grim: Teen marriages are twice as likely to fail compared with those between older couples. Let’s take a closer look at the facts on married teens.”
“One-third of teenage marriages (where the bride is younger than 18) end in divorce within five years, and almost half wind up divorcing within 10 years. Those aren’t great odds to begin with, but add parenthood to the mix and it can be a recipe for disaster. Only 30 percent of teen mothers who marry after their child is born are still married by the time they’re 40.”
“Less than 8 percent of teen moms marry their baby’s father within one year of the birth. Leah and Corey tried to make it work–they each had to sacrifice a ton for the sake of their marriage and their twins–but sacrificing can also lead to resentment and fighting.”
So if your teen got pregnant, would you encourage them to marry? Would that make things better or worse? At what age would you feel OK about young adults getting married? Is there a big difference between a 17-year-old getting married and a 19-year-old?