Some studies say if a wife is five or more years younger than her hubby, they're much more likely to avoid divorce.
Others say she needs to be four to six years younger.
It isn't all that surprising that Demi Moore and Ashton Kutcher's marriage appears to be in trouble. 24, 2005 -- Demi was 42 and Ashton was 27 -- few thought it would last.
Sure, at 48 Demi looks fantastic and, yes, Ashton has become a good stepdad to Demi's three kids, but many may have wondered if, sooner or later, their age difference might become an issue.
Men in their 40s tend to marry women about seven years younger, men in their 50s marry women 11 years younger, and men in their 60s marry women 13 years younger.
Still, the optimistic outlook for May-December marriages may be masking the mortality issue; who knows how many might have ended in divorce if hubby hadn't died first, notes a 2005 government study of United Kingdom marriages since 1963. Although more research is called for, a preliminary finding of that same U. study may offer a ray of hope -- there doesn't appear to be any strong association between age differences and the probability of divorce.
This could result in a less joyful and more stressful life, reduced health, and finally, increased mortality." Yes, but if she could just not worry about what everyone else was thinking, she'd at least have a huge smile on her face when she kicks off.Still, despite all the Miss Cougar contests, cougar cruises and cougar how-to dating books, more older women seem to be dating or hooking up with younger men than actually marrying them -- most likely because the women are divorced and aren't too interested in saying "I do" all over again.Although men still skew much younger when looking for love online, most of us tend to marry someone close to our own age.Researchers don't say why, but perhaps it's for the reasons researchers Caron, a professor of family relations and human sexuality at the University of Maine, and Proulx, a marriage and family therapist, of the 2006 study discovered -- society just isn't ready to accept December-May marriages as easily as it does May-December marriages. Robinson out of our mind, or maybe it's because there just aren't that many of them.Just 5.4 percent of wives are five years older than their hubbies, and only 1.3 percent are 10 years older, but those numbers are rising; in fact they doubled between 19.