In a study undertaken by researchers of Atlanta’s Emory University on three thousand people, it was deduced that the larger the age gap between two partners, the more likely that the relationship will not last long.
The report, titled ‘A Diamond is Forever’ and Other Fairy Tales: The Relationship between Wedding Expenses and Marriage Duration, a substantial finding read that ‘having high wedding attendance and having a honeymoon (regardless of how much it cost) are generally associated with marriage duration.’
Spending between $2,000 and $4,000 on an engagement ring is significantly associated with an increase in the hazard of divorce in the sample of men. Specifically, in the sample of men, spending between $2,000 and $4,000 on an engagement ring is associated with a 1.3 times greater hazard of divorce as compared to spending between $500 and $2,000.
A five year age gap makes you 18% more likely to split than age equals, while a ten year gap increases this to 39%. A 20 year gap will make you 95% more likely to break up. The study found that couples with a gap of only one year faced a 3% chance of divorce.
If you have different levels of education it was found you were 43% more likely to divorce, but if you make it to a two year anniversary you were 43% less likely to. Although the report is an attempt to deduce the scientific relation between wedding expenses and martial duration, the finding deduced that they are not correlated, but rather the elements of age gap and wedding expenses are proportional and of significant value.