Age gap marriages are incredibly common. In fact, all of my closest female friends are with a man between five to seven years older than them. My own partner is five years older than myself. But, at the end of the day, five years isn’t really a difference we feel. In fact, the longer we’ve been together, the smaller the gap has felt. Unfortunately, that’s apparently not the case for couples with large age gaps. Studies have found that pairs with significant age differences feel that the gap only becomes larger, and creates more distance between them, over time. That’s certainly not to say that a major age gap marriage cannot work but, if you’re entering into one, it’s important to be aware of some hurdles you’ll face, so the mere shock of them doesn’t tear you apart. Here are the surprising ways marrying a man at least a decade older than you affects your life.
There may be no in-laws
A man in his 50s may have already lost both of his parents, so you may not necessarily have the experience of marrying into a whole new family and expanding your network of parents.