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Is marriage for life?

Krupa Thakrar Padhy Krupa Thakrar Padhy | 10:01 UK time, Thursday, 3 June 2010

Alandtipper.jpgAmerica's model marriage just got a not so happy ending. Al and Tipper Gore are separating after 40 years of marriage. Family friends say the high school sweethearts just grew apart. What's happened to 'happily ever after'?

Many of you have been saddened by the news prompting questions like "If they can't make it, can we?" But is 'till death do us a part' simply a dying concept?

Jill Brooke wonders how any marriage can last forever - today's environment just doesn't allow for it.

40 years is an eternity in marriage years - which is why this blog believes that the Gore's marriage was a success, not a failure. Kety Esquival calls them role models.

For Betsey Stevenson, divorces in later life are not as rare as you might think.

Stephanie Coontz, Professor of family studies at Evergreen State College agrees,

"The idea used to be that by our sixties, life was pretty much over anyway," says Coontz. "But today, people who reach 65 are likely to have another 20 years ahead. So it makes the calculus of living in an unhappy marriage even harder to take...with longer life expectancies, there are more potential new partners out there - "what we call a thicker remarriage market,"

This article thinks otherwise. Sociology professor Linda Waite believes there's too much to lose.

"You have joint friends, you have assets in common, you have children in common, you've formed your interests around each other's interests. You have a history that nobody else will ever have with you."

Should we just enjoy marriage whilst it lasts? Or after decades of marriage is it really worth calling it quits?

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