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? 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.
Couples that have had an unplanned pregnancy report more conflict and less relationship happiness than couples with a planned birth. And being a teen only makes things worse. In Leah and Corey’s situation, they barely knew each other, weren’t sure where their money was going to come from and had to care for a child with serious health complications.
Maybe there’s a chance for Leah and Corey to reconcile in the future, maybe not. Either way, they’re going to be co-parenting the twins so they need to find a way to get along.
–Written by Lauren Mann and Amy Kramer of The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy
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