Andrew Francis and Hugo Mialon, researchers from Emory University in the United States, recently completed a study which complied data sourced from over 3,000 people, all of which who have been married and/or divorced since 2008.
Participants were asked to answer questions related to income, religious beliefs and church attendance, time spent dating prior to marriage, size of engagement ring, attractiveness of spouses and even things like wedding attendance and cost to determine factors that may contribute to marriage dissolution.
Data Scientist Randal Olsen then used the data collected by Francis and Mailon to create visual representations of the results. What I found most interesting was the findings related to the age differences between partners and the impact this had on divorce rates.
Basically if the age gap of spouses is anywhere between one and five years, you don’t really have cause for concern.
Anything in excess of a five year difference though is basically a sliding scale. The larger the age gap, the more reason to have a divorce lawyer on standby.
“A one-year discrepancy in a couple’s ages, the study found, makes them 3 percent more likely to divorce (when compared to their same-aged counterparts); a 5-year difference, however, makes them 18 percent more likely to split up. And a 10-year difference makes them 39 percent more likely,” Megan Garber of the Atlantic said of the report.