Here's How Different Age Gaps Determine How Likely It Is A Couple Will Break Up

It's not always good if your partner is older. Or younger. 

Ashton Kutcher was 25 when he met Demi Moore, then 41, at a dinner party and despite the 16-year age difference the duo ended up married for six years. They divorced in 2012 after cheating allegations on Ashton’s part.

Maybe they had other problems, but a new study claims that the age difference between you and your partner could determine how long your relationship lasts.

A study from Emory University in Atlanta showed that there was a definite link between a couple’s age gap and the likelihood of separation, and studied 3,000 participants.

The study found that the bigger the age gap, the greater the probability of splitting up.

It breaks down like this:

Couples with a five-year gap are 18 percent more likely to split, compared to couples in a relationship with someone their own age.

Couples with a 10 year gap were found to have a 39 percent rate of breaking up.

Couples who had a 20 year age difference were found to break up a whopping 95 percent of the time.

The study found that finding a partner who was your same age worked out the most, with only a three percent chance of breaking up.

As for whether males or females are typically the older partner, the study says this:

“Internationally, the male partner is on average 2.4 years older than the female. In 67 percent of relationships, the male is older than the female, compared to 20 percent, where the female is older and 13 percent where the partners are the same age."

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