The average age of marriage Singapore has increased over the years.
Statistics in 2015 show that 71.4% of Singaporeans in the age group of 25 to 29 are not married. 80.2% of men and 63% of women in this age group are not married.
See: Rachel Chia, “More young people in Singapore staying single”, The Straits Times, 11 March 2016
More recently, 2,861 married Singapore residents and 2,940 single Singapore residents were surveyed under the Marriage and Parenthood study.
Reasons for higher average age of marriage Singapore
Out of those who were single, 40% had never been in a serious relationship (dating with the view towards marriage). 60% of single residents were not dating with a view towards marriage.
Despite these statistics, 83% of those aged between 21 and 35 indicated that they planned to get married.
Why are young people not dating? The top reason listed is the inability to find a partner.
For those who are not dating seriously, 42% are leaving dating to chance.
For those who were or had been in a serious relationship, majority (>70%) had met their partner through friend or in school/ at work.
With advancements in technology, 43% were comfortable with meeting a partner through a dating website/ app. For those who were dating/ had dated seriously, 13% had met their partner online.
Interestingly, 92% of married respondents wanted 2 or more children. For those who do not want a child, financial cost and difficulty in managing work commitments and family are key reasons.
See: “Nearly half of singles in Singapore have never dated seriously: Study”, Channel News Asia, 8 July 2017
From a family lawyer’s perspective, it may not be a bad thing that the average age of marriage Singapore is increasing. With age comes financial stability and increased maturity, both of which are good for the marriage.
Having said that, problems in marriage sometimes arise regardless of the age of people get married. It could be down to reasons which are beyond our control.
If you are facing problems with your marriage, contact us today to discuss your options!