Many arranged marriages have been age-disparate, with the husband being much older than the wife.
Mail-order brides have been frequently younger than their husbands.
After all, their parents would have secured a commendable standard of living in their middle age, and the girl would like to ensure that she gets similar comforts when she marries.
Finally, let's get into some of the problems that a couple may face when the guy is much older. The benefits of dating an older man are very few, and most fathers would have a hard time if their daughters began to date one.
To get an idea of the possible challenges, you only have to read the experiences of women who have married old men. To be fair, some couples have successfully lived together despite the age difference.
In keeping with modern American mores, a folk formula (sometimes referred to as the Trophy Rule) seems to have evolved so as to compute correct disparities of age between older and younger partners, this being "divide by two and add seven", that is, the younger partner in a relationship should be at least seven years older than half the older partner's age, else the relationship is liable to be subject to moral disapprobation.
The United States Census Bureau's March 2000 statistics show that only 800,000 unmarried American couples are more than five years divergent in age, and 7 in 100 of women who have married more than once have a husband six or more years younger than they.
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