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How a couple’s age gap impacts their chances of divorce

The old saying that opposites attract is true for many people in Colorado. For some couples, the things they do not share in common make their relationship stronger while for others, it can lead to conflict and unhappiness. One big difference between some partners is their ages. One study took a look at how differences in age can affect a couple’s chances of staying married.

It turns out that the chances of a marriage ending in divorce are higher for couples with gaps in their ages, reports the Atlantic. For those with large gaps, the chances are actually significantly higher. If the age difference between a couple is 30 years, their odds of getting divorce are 172 percent higher than a couple who is the same age. Couples who are 20 years apart in age have a 95 percent increased risk of divorce.

The odds of a split are still higher than normal for those with smaller age gaps, although much less significant. A five-year difference increases the odds of a divorce by 18 percent and even a one-year difference clocks in at 3 percent.

However, AOL points out that age gaps are extremely common and that the longer a couple stays together, the better their chances of remaining married. Around the globe, the male in a relationship is older than the female 67 percent of the time, with the average difference in age being just over two years. 13 percent of couples are the same age, while females are older than their spouses in 20 percent of relationships.

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