Study says love has no major role to play in keeping couples together. In fact, the chances of a couple staying together are affected by age, previous relationships and smoking. That's the conclusion of a new study, which was conducted by researchers at the Australian National University. To reach the conclusion, boffins spent six years monitoring 2,500 couples who were married or living together, reports The Daily Express. The study found that money played a major factor in deciding whether a couple stand the test of time. The study, entitled "What's Love Got to Do With It", showed that a quarter of partnerships and marriages will end within six years and half will be over within 25 years. It also found that a husband who is nine or more years older than his wife is twice as likely to get divorced, as are husbands who get married before they turn 25. Couples were twice as likely to split if the wife had a much stronger preference for children or for more of them. Smoking and drinking rates also contributed to relationship breakdown, the study found. Source: ANIARU << Researchers Find A Remote-Sensing Mechanism To Record Moods ... Scientists Identify Gut Bacterium That May Help Explain Inco... >> Recommended Reading Chinese City Bans Officials From Having Extramarital Affairs Officials in Sichuan province's Meishan city have been banned from taking lovers outside marriage, as well as sleeping during meetings. READ MORE Divorce: Pros and Cons Divorce can be traumatic for children and create a sense of insecurity amongst them. Couples should realize that joined parenting is important even after divorce. READ MORE How to Save your marriage You can save your marriage - even when your partner insists on a divorce. READ MORE Is Life Better Staying Single or Getting Married? The stigma linked to staying single is gradually disappearing. More people opt to stay single and many even claim to be happier. But there are both advantages and disadvantages to staying single. READ MORE Most Popular on Medindia Fongitar (Zinc Pyrithionone) Drug Interaction Checker Find a Hospital More News on: How to Save your marriageDivorce: Pros and ConsIs Life Better Staying Single or Getting Married?