British experts studied more than 1,500 couples and discovered age difference can play a big role in the success of a marriage. See how to increase your odds for happily ever after.

Charreah Jackson
Oct, 30, 2009

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There may be a secret to a happy marriage for smart women--marry a guy at least five years older. British experts studied more than 1,500 couples in serious relationships or married and found the happiest couples had men with educated women their junior, according to the BBC. Couples where the woman was older were three times more likely to get divorced than when the couple was the same age. The full report, which predicts a happy marriage for couples like Jay-Z, 38, and Beyonce, 27, is featured in the European Journal of Operational Research.

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