Decades ago, you needed to be married to show yourself as a respectable adult. I feel like today, marriage is optional; you can get most of your emotional and economic needs by living with a partner. But I do think marriage is very important to people as a symbol of having made it in life and part of having a successful personal life. Most young Americans still want to get married, but they do it only when all the other steps to adulthood are in place—when they have completed their education, when both themself and their partner have jobs, when they have saved up enough for a down payment on a house, or even have had children together, etc. Marriage is a big step and stage in people’s lives.
Every aspect of the American family is experiencing change. In 2000, the proportion of persons who were over 15 years old and never married reached historic levels, it is about a third of the men and a quarter of the women were listed as never having married. Now, more and more senior aged people are living alone or without other generations present than the before. In 1910, most elderly people (age over 65) were living with their children and only 12% of them lived alone. However, by 1990 almost 70% of senior citizens (age over 65) lived alone.
When the couple decides to live together before marriage, they do not know the negative effects to cohabiting before marriage. First, the higher risk of divorce and less satisfactory adjustments in marriage. Cohabiters who do marry are more at risk for subsequent divorce than those who did not cohabit before marriage. In the United States the risk of divorce is 50 percent higher for cohabiters than for non-cohabiters. The divorce rate is even higher with previously married cohabiters and serial cohabiters (those who have had several cohabiting experiences).
Also, some adults do not end up getting married, almost 19 million Americans (Benokraitis, n.d., 3). Furthermore, children under the age of 18 living with two married parents went from 77 percent to 67 percent (Benokraitis, n.d, 3). That finding shows the increase of divorce among Americans. The article, “The Changing Landscape of Family”, states that women are spending less time with their children than before and there is a decrease in the number of children per family. This is partially because women have started to go back to work and the economy in the present day is not very stable so supporting a bigger family is not easily done.
Relevance Statement Marriage is a sacred bond which not only involves the couple but also the two families of the bride and the bridegroom respectively. Be it arrange marriage or love marriage, marriage is nothing different for both. Love marriage vs arrange marriage is just a question prevalent in minds of married couples who are not satisfied or are scared to live with an unknown partner for whole life. IV. Preview of Main Points Some of the benefits of arranged marriage are that : (a) It is more stable and successful.
In 2010 The U.S Department of Education announced that “1.2 million students between the ages between fifteen and twenty-four had dropped out in one year alone.” (Women forum). These findings suggest that one in every five students will dropout. According to the U.S Department of Education, it is quite difficult to discern one single reason why a student dropout. However, their findings have shown the most common reason is due to the lack of educational support the students receive. The findings suggests “American society has neglected to provide students with the resources and instructional strategies that give students the physical, social, emotional, and intellectual support they need to complete high school.”(U.S Department of Education).
There are many reasons for the changes in divorce rates since the 1969 such as the legal changes, the changing role and position of women, also how the expectations for marriage is different. It is shown that from 1969 until 1972, divorce rates had doubled from around 50,000 divorces in the UK. It had more than tripled to 170,000 in 2000. Despite this, divorce rates dropped in 1993 from 180,000 to 157,000 in 2001. We know that in the past divorce was very hard to get as it was only legal for the men to file a divorce and was socially unacceptable.
Examine the reasons for the changes in marriage and cohabitation in the last 40 years Marriage is a legally recognized relationship, between two adults, which has certain rights and obligations. Cohabitation is when couples that are not legally married choose to live together. Over the last 40 years or so there have been changes in the patterns of marriage and cohabitation Over the last 40years marriage has gone into a decline. Statistics show that marriages reached a low in 2005 when only 244,710 couples got married. One reason is the age of marriage is slowly rising.
It also made divorce available after 2 years of agreed separation or 5 years if only one spouse wants the divorce. In the 19th century it was difficult to obtain a divorce, especially for women. Changes in the law have now made getting a divorce easier. There were three kinds of changes; equalising the grounds, widening the grounds, and making it cheaper. Widening the grounds of divorce caused the divorce rate to double almost overnight.
As less people are religious, they are more likely to cohabit or divorce without fear of ‘living a sin’. The decline of religious significance is known as secularisation. Alternatively, changes in social attitudes mean that people art marrying at a later age rather than rejecting marriage altogether. Item B states that in 1971, only four per cent of women remained unmarried by the age of 50. By 1987, this figure had grown to seventeen per cent.