a Look at the Many Ways in Which the Institution of Marriage Has Changed

Marriage used to be the status of choice for the majority of American adults; however, times have changed, and fewer people are opting for this lifestyle. At the same time, it has become an accepted norm to have children without the benefit of marriage, to live together instead of getting married, and to divorce without making every effort to save the marriage. It can be quite difficult to understand the statistics regarding American views on marriage.

Between the years 1970 and 1996, the number of married women decreased sharply. Based on the statistics, 7.7% of women living in 1970 were unmarried. A few decades later in 1996, this percentage had fallen to 5.0%. Currently the marriage rate for all American adults stands at 7.1 per 1000 people which is substantially lower. At the same time, the divorce rate per 1000 has risen to around 3.5. According to these statistics, over half of all marriages end in divorce.

People are also starting to cohabitate much more often. In 1960, approximately 439,000 couples lived together without benefit of marriage. A couple of decades later in 1998, that figure skyrocketed to 4.2 million couples. Undoubtedly the significance of this figure can be linked with the fact that the ages of first time marriages have risen to 25 for women and to 27 for men. People usually got married much younger in the past since it allowed them to enjoy the benefits of a permanent relationship. Now couples are preferring to prove their compatibility by just living together before making any real commitment. The figure of people who get married at the age of 18 nowadays sits at just 2% for men and 6% for women.

The number of children born out of wedlock has also skyrocketed over the last 50 years. It used to be a source of shame to be pregnant whenever you weren’t married, but that is no longer the case nowadays as 1.3 million children are born every year to unwed mothers. In fact, many celebrities are choosing to openly flaunt having children with current paramours rather than husbands or wives.

Second marriages generally are more prone to divorce than first marriages. There will be extra stress in the second marriage. People getting married for the second time will have a lot of excess baggage left over from the previous union. There are plenty of possible sources of stress in second marriages such as large debts, stepchildren, an ex-spouses.

Kristie Brown writes on a variety of topics from health to technology. Check out her websites on Stop My Divorce

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