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My Dad was 12 years older than my Mum which I [think] I thought was unusual, but looking into it, I see years ago [in their time] it seemed like quite a common age-gap.

There was in interesting article not that long ago on the BBC:

BBC NEWS | Health | 'Younger wife' for marital bliss

I once heard about a formula to calculate the acceptable age difference, adjusted for the problem that the older you are, the wider the age difference may be:

You take the age of the older partner, divide it through 2, then add 7 -- then you got the acceptable minimum age for his or her partner. (It's for couples of 14 years upwards.)

So for example, when a guy is 30, you calculate 30 : 2 = 15; 15 + 7 = 22 ... so 22 years is the minimum age for his partner.

Whatever you may think about this rule, it pretty much matches my gut feeling.

You take the age of the older partner, divide it through 2, then add 7 -- then you got the acceptable minimum age for his or her partner. (It's for couples of 14 years upwards.)

So for example, when a guy is 30, you calculate 30 : 2 = 15; 15 + 7 = 22 ... so 22 years is the minimum age for his partner.

Whatever you may think about this rule, it pretty much matches my gut feeling.

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