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There is also too small a sample size for same-sex married couples who have been together for longer than 35 years. And it might very well mimic that which he has observed for their straight counterparts, which rises after three decades (resultant, one might imagine, from some sort of mid or late-life crisis).

Still, it's been a fascinating dive, digging into the intricacies of human relationships.

And how do the chances of breaking up change over time?

These are some of the many questions Michael Rosenfeld, a sociologist at Stanford, has been asking as part of a longitudinal study he started in 2009.

“We know a lot more about the relationships that worked out than the ones that didn’t,” said Rosenfeld.

“The way the census and other surveys tend to collect data just doesn’t produce a very good picture.

For heterosexual married couples, the rate falls from a shade over 3 percent to less than 1 percent over the same period.