“Later marriages are more durable than earlier ones,” she writes. Marriages that happen after children have a high rate of failure, especially if the children were unintended.“The most recent data suggest that it is best to wait until your mid-twenties, and better still your early thirties, if you want to reduce the risk of divorce.” 2) They’re Childless. Some studies show that in poorer families, who are often delaying marriage because they don’t feel they’re financially stable enough, a child is welcomed and “highly valued,” as Sawhill puts it.The Beyonce and Jay-Z rumor mill churns so hard, it could crush diamonds.

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Ever since Amal Clooney stepped out wearing a cream Stella Mc Cartney trouser suit in Venice for her civil service wedding to George Clooney in 2014, we've been wondering how the Academy-Award winning actor bagged such a badass, beautiful and humble human rights lawyer.

However, in a recent interview with David Letterman on love letters from a Hollywood actor, could it get any better?

“The tendency of the well-educated to marry each other,” notes Sawhill is “what scientists call ‘assortative mating.”” Those relationships have proved to be the most stable. Clearly Clooney’s wealth dwarfs Alamuddin’s, but she’s not without means.

In any case, wealth — not crazy money, but a lack of need — tends to produce more stable families, or at least poverty produces unstable ones, especially if there are kids involved.

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.

But be warned, ye Cassandras, Clooney and Alamuddin have gone about getting married in the way that sociologists say leads to a lower likelihood of divorce.

Here’s why, with help from economist and Brookings Institute egghead Isabel Sawhill’s new book 1) They’re Old. That’s higher than the average age people get married (for men it’s 29, and women it’s 27, although this is Clooney’s second marriage.) There’s a pretty strong correlation between the age at which you get married and the likelihood that your marriage survives, says Sawhill. The average age at which women get married is now than the average age at which women have their first baby, notes Sawhill.

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.