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Is There a Perfect Age to Get Married?

In a recent Washington Post article, writer Mark Regnerus discussed the value of getting married young.

I took some issues with his piece, including the idea that as a woman ages, her "market value" drops, but Regnerus did make a coherent argument that marriage works "best as a formative institution, not an institution you enter once you think you're fully formed."

Regnerus maintains that marrying young allows a couple to pool resources, adds stability for the community, and benefits a person's emotional well being more than racking up the number of casual dating partners does. He laments the fact that the average age of Americans getting married has climbed to an all-time high of 28 for men, and 25 for women.

Of course, many people disagree with this argument, and encourage young people to focus on their careers and education while they're young, and avoid rushing into marriage lest it end in divorce.

If you see yourself getting married one day, or already have, do you think there's an ideal age to walk down the aisle? If so, what is it?


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