What is the best age to get married?

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September 13, 2017 3 comments

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In many Western countries, society has shifted further away from the idea that people should get married and have children as soon as possible. Other matters take priority. Perhaps you want to establish yourself in your chosen career. Or maybe you want to travel the world and put a few miles on your soul. It…

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Men and women both happier with younger spouses

August 3, 2017 0 comments

family law

Both men and women feel happier with their marriage when their spouse is younger than they are, but only at the start. Researchers from the University of Colorado (CU) Boulder made this claim following their analysis of 13 years of data collected from households in Australia. The team found that “men who are married to…

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Japan to equalise marriage ages

January 23, 2017 0 comments

family law

Japan is planning to make the age at which men and women can marry the same. Under the country’s current Civil Code, women can marry at 16 years old if they have the consent of their parents. But men cannot tie the knot until they are 18 and they also need to have their parents’…

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Online infidelity among the young and wealthy

December 23, 2016 0 comments

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Most users of the married dating website Ashley Madison are young and wealthy, a new study has revealed. A team of researchers from the University of Toledo in Ohio analysed data from the internal documents and user information published last year following the infamous hack of the site. Due to the high proportion of users…

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Having children later leads to longer life

November 20, 2016 0 comments

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Women who have children when they are older are more likely to live longer, researchers have suggested. If a woman gives birth for the first time when she is above the age of 25, she is more likely to see her 90th birthday than those who have their children younger. This was one of the…

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German parents cannot stop teen daughter’s relationship

November 3, 2016 1 comment

family law

The parents of a 15 year-old girl cannot prevent their daughter’s romantic relationship with her 47 year-old uncle, a German court has declared. When the girl, identified only as ‘Josephine’, was 14 she began a relationship with a man who was her uncle by marriage. Last year, the couple ran away together and were found…

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Having children ‘slows ageing’

January 8, 2016 0 comments

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Women who have several children age more slowly according to Canadian researchers. After extensive DNA testing, academics from Simon Fraser University (SFU) in British Columbia found that women with more than one child had longer ‘telomeres’. These are protective tips found at the end of a DNA strand. Longer telomeres are a sign of less…

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Age gaps increase the chance of divorce

November 10, 2014 1 comment

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Married couples who are closer to each other in age are less likely to divorce, newly published data suggests. Scientist Randal Olson analysed data from an earlier study by Emory University researchers Andrew Francis and Hugo Mialon. This polled 3,000 married couples in the US, examining the relationship between the amount of money spent on…

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On Beauty and Rejection

September 10, 2009 1 comment

I left Chicago with a stack of magazines for the eight-hour flight back to London. The glossy pages were filled with images of smiling women with smooth skins and flawless complexions. Do these faces have their place in everyday reality? Surely I cannot be the Western world’s only woman over 30 who has succumbed to…

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