In our fast-paced world, love has  generally become something very transient. Anyone who wants to commit himself to life sees himself confronted over the years not only with everyday problems , but often with profound conflicts , which in turn often lead to a separation .

long-term study by the University of Stanford provides information about crucial factors of long-term relational happiness . The sociologist Michael Rosenfeld from the University of Stanford examined for the study since 2009 more than 3000 pairs .

Time as an essential component

The study shows that time is a crucial factor in the permanence of a relationship . Thus, the probability of separation for unmarried couples after one year of relationship already drops considerably .

Married couples separate less often

Another finding from the study: Although the divorce rate in our latitudes has been rising steadily for years, marriage is still more or less a guarantee of relationship stability . In concrete terms this means: Married homosexual or heterosexual couples are less likely to split up.

According to a Washington Post article on the study, the separation rate among same-sex married couples drops rapidly in the first five years, to eight percent at the age of five, and even below one percent after 20 years . For heterosexual couples, the rate drops in the same period from three percent to  less than one percent .

Without marriage certificate separation is more likely

If couples remain unmarried, a separation of the investigation is generally more likely. Even with long-term relationships lasting 20 or more years, the risk is relatively high . The time factor still remains essential. More specifically, according to researchers, couples are likely to survive the critical first year . This was evidently when questioning newly arrived couples. Of those couples who were together for a maximum of two months at the time of the survey, 60 percent separated within one year. Those who stayed longer together were more likely to be protected from a love affair. Even in couples without a marriage certificate, the probability of separation decreases in the first five years of the relationship annuallyten percent . After five years unmarried homosexual and heterosexual couples are about 20 percent .

The five-year mark marks a point of departure compared to married and unmarried couples. After 15 years, the unmarried heterosexual couples are about twelve percent and unmarried homosexual couples only about five percent . It is also exciting to realize that unmarried heterosexual couples are even more likely to be separated after 25 years .

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Divorces in Austria

The number of divorces in the 1980s and 1990s was around 16,000 to 18,000 per year . In 2001 , the highest ever absolute number of divorces (20,582) was achieved. In 2013, the number of divorces fell to 15,958.

The overall rate of divorce (the probability of marriages ending in divorce in each year ending in divorce) increased from 26.5% in 1981 to the previous peak of 49.47% in 2007 . In 2014 , the overall decision-making rate was 42.1 percent .

On average, couples in Austria are married for  10.7 years according to the current survey status .