Oscar winning actress Gwyneth Paltrow and Coldplay frontman Chris Martin seemed to have the perfect marriage until their "conscious uncoupling" earlier this year. Was the split destined to happen? What about other couples – is it possible to see the fate of a relationship early on from the way they first react towards each other?
It turns out psychology can tell us quite a bit about the trajectory of these celebrity relationships, as well as our own less-famous pairings. According to figures from the 2011 census, nearly half of Australians are in a registered marriage. Acknowledging non-registered de-facto (including same-sex) and dating relationships, the proportion of the population in close romantic relationships is likely much higher.
But the same census tells us that not every relationship will last, with 11 per cent of Australians reported being separated or divorced. Similar divorce rates are seen in New Zealand and Britain. Divorce rates in Russia are more than double those in Australia.
Date: 25th May 2014
Writer: Lisa A williams, Rebecca T Pinkus