First and foremost, all participants should be of legal age. But hopefully that’s a given. Generally speaking, if you partner is old enough to have given birth to you, that’s probably too wide of a gap -- but it all depends on what age you are when you meet and fall in love. A 40-year-old with a 60-year-old is way less off-putting than an 18-year-old and a 38-year-old.
"Age will always stir the pot in terms of interest," says Dr. Judy Scheel, PhD, LCSW, author, and national speaker. "It’s hard not to assign a value to age. With that said, people are motivated by different things when they fall in love. Whenever there is a subordinate role, or a role where the intent on either party is to use the other person in some way, take advantage of them, or put them in a victimized role, that is a red flag. Generally if the age of one partner is 21 or younger and the other partner is more than 10 years older, that is suspect."
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