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May-December Couples: 5 Challenges, Solutions

What to prepare for if there's a big age gap between you and your partner.

Don't Blame Age

Being in a committed relationship is not always a bed of roses -- at any age.

"If you look at problems you are having as being due to the age gap, it can very likely hang you up," Luster says. "Age is the only thing in a relationship that you can't change."

Remember, many couples who are close in age are dealing with the same issues. There's often more to it than age.

Address your issues -- with professional help from a counselor, if needed -- but also focus on the positive. What's great about your relationship? Remember all the good things you both bring to the relationship, whether it's the older partner's knowledge and life experience or the younger partner's energy and vigor.

"When you fall in love with someone, age does not really matter," Fisher says. "I always tell people that it's great to date someone older. Our culture may be somewhat uncomfortable with it, but life in the home won't be uncomfortable at all."

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Reviewed on April 12, 2012

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