Age Gaps in Relationships: How Much Is Too Much? Must Watch 

What do Beyoncé, Blake Lively, and Amal Clooney share? In addition to being renowned, successful, and well-dressed, they are all married to men at least ten years older. 

How big the age gap is matters in partnerships. Age gap relationships vary greatly from 5 to 20 years. Five-year age gap partnerships indicate, “We just missed each other at UCLA”; 20-year ones say, “Were you in class with my mother?” 

Focusing on a number ignores the most crucial factor—people's personalities and maturity. If the partners are compatible, even the largest age gaps can work.We all know responsible Mother Teresa-like teens and forty-somethings who act like teens. 

How big an age gap is too much? How do you handle being significantly older than your partner? How will it go? Problems might develop from both sides of the fence. You can still have a successful age gap relationship. 

No matter how much of an age difference you are dealing with—five years or twenty years—here are some pointers that will help your relationship with someone who is older than you run as smoothly as a breeze in the summer.

In couples therapy, I help couples recognize that each individual has a distinct worldview shaped by experience, culture, and upbringing. When couples have age gaps, especially those of a decade or more, this mindset can change.

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