Couples With This Age Gap Have the Healthiest Relationships

Kelsey Clark
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We've already discussed how a relationship age gap of 10 years or more can increase your chance of having marital problems down the line—but what about setting yourself up for success in the relationship department? As it turns out, there is an ideal age gap to aim for that can increase your chances for everlasting love—and it's a lot smaller than you'd think.

According to a study from Emory University, couples with a one-year age difference between them have just a 3% chance of divorcing. Compare that to an 18% chance of divorce for a five-year age gap, 39% for a 10-year age gap, and a whopping 95% for a 20-year age gap. After analyzing 3000 couples, the researchers ultimately found that the larger the age gap between a couple, the more likely they are to get a divorce. The one caveat to this rule? Statistics also show that couples who do manage to make it past the two-year mark, no matter what the age gap, are approximately 43% less likely to split up.

It's worth bearing in mind that these statistics simply try to identify and analyze relationship patterns—not create them. There's always going to be an exception to the rule (just look at George and Amal Clooney, who have a 17-year age gap between them). Rather, studies like these simply lend legitimacy to the idea that age differences can also equate to significant differences in interests, lifestyle, and long-term goals between partners.

Have you found this rule to be true for you and your partner? Share your thoughts below and shop this book to learn more about what makes certain relationships work.

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