This is such a big predictor of marital stability that sociologists are not quite sure if richer people have more stable marriage or whether more stable marriages produce better wealth. Clooney, you may have noticed, dated a lot of women before marrying Alamuddin. But the relationships never just slid into marriage because they had nowhere else to go.

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Celebrities, as anyone who has ever passed a magazine stand at the checkout knows, are always on the verge of divorcing.

Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie veer toward the off-ramp to splitsville at least once a month, or whenever tabloids aren’t selling so well.

Alamuddin’s mother was a journalist, Clooney’s dad was an anchorman.

Alamuddin has way more formal education than Clooney, who never finished college, but seems to have picked up some useful skills.

This is in contrast to many families which are founded out of convenience or lack of choice.

“The less privileged …are drifting into relationships they did not plan and frequently cannot maintain,” writes Sawhill.

However, she notes “about four in ten [of these relationships] will have ended before the child is age 5.” 3) They’re Equally Educated.

Both Clooney and Alamuddin have similar interests and come from similar socio-economic backgrounds.

After the pair tied the knot – at a wedding attended by the likes of Emily Blunt and Matt Damon – the new father up to Ellen De Generes on her talk show and revealed it took six months into their relationship before he thought about popping the question to his 39-year-old wife.'Everything was planned out and I'd cooked dinner.