Even though we were all holding out hope that Leah and Corey would make it and beat the statistics, the divorce process got under way during tonight's " Teen Mom 2 " season finale. The odds were always stacked against them: Not only was the young couple forced to deal with an unplanned pregnancy shortly after they starting dating, but one of their twins ended up having special needs. And the cheating certainly didn't help. So what exactly is the divorce rate for teen marriages?
Now, the Bad News on Teenage Marriage
Early Teen Marriage and Future Poverty | NBER
Child marriage refers to any formal marriage or informal union between a child under the age of 18 and an adult or another child. While the prevalence of child marriage has decreased worldwide — from one in four girls married a decade ago to approximately one in five today — the practice remains widespread. Child marriage is often the result of entrenched gender inequality, making girls disproportionately affected by the practice. Globally, the prevalence of child marriage among boys is just one sixth that among girls. Child marriage robs girls of their childhood and threatens their lives and health. Girls who marry before 18 are more likely to experience domestic violence and less likely to remain in school.
Problems With Teen Marriage
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The age at which couples generally marry has risen gradually through the years, particularly in countries such as the U. Nowadays teenage marriages are less common, and a teen engagement is often full of drawbacks. A married life offers many delights, but also comes with its share of restrictions. Couples must devote their lives to each other and compromise on many issues. These compromises mean that the personal dreams and goals of each individual in the marriage are often neglected so that the marriage can succeed.