Marriages With Large Age Gaps May Not Last

A recent survey has found that the age difference between partners can indicate whether a marriage will last the test of time.

Researchers at Colorado University in Boulder examined 13 years worth of data from marriages to determine trends among couples with age gaps compared to similarly-aged counterparts. Published in the Journal of Population Economics, the study found that while both and women initially experienced greater satisfaction when married to a much older or younger spouse, that sentiment changed over time.

After 6-10 years of marriage, satisfaction rapidly declined under financial pressures. When a financial shock occurred such as a job loss, similarly-aged couples were more in sync on life decisions affecting both partners were better equipped to adjust.

A financial crisis exposed underlying tensions and mismatches in couples with a larger age gap. It goes to show you, age does matter.

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