Marriage Has Evolved And So Has The Average Age of Marriage

average age of marriageWe have been seeing study after study that shows marriage is evolving in many ways. One reason for this evolution, according to this Time article, is that marriage is becoming more selective. Whereas before marriage was used by couples as a way to start off their lives and launch careers, now it is being used to demonstrate that they have already achieved things in life.

Census figures show that the median age for a first marriage for men is now 30 and 28 for women. This is a major shift upwards through the decades. Unfortunately, we know that divorces are still common. Around 39 percent of all marriages still end in divorce. What many people do not consider, and what we want to discuss today, are the implications of this new marriage evolution as well as cohabitating.

If you are going through a divorce or considering it, please speak to an Arizona family law attorney who can guide you through this complicated process.

Before And Now

Marriage is seen as a beneficial process for couples and it has many advantages, both materially and for a person’s health. There are survivor benefits with social security as well as joint retirement accounts that can benefit both people. It is true that married couples have a lower chance of having a heart attack and they have healthier children. With the face of marriage changing though, these benefits may be out of reach for many. According to Time, “The people getting all those marital advantages are those with the most advantages to begin with.”

Just because people are getting married at an older age does not mean they are not already living together. In 2018, 15 percent of people aged 25 to 34 live with an unmarried partner. For those under 25, the Census Bureau says that 9 percent of people cohabitate and 7 percent are married.

The reason for these changed – young couples are ensuring they are more financially secure before they tie the knot. When that financial security stays out of reach, many never make the jump into marriage.

The article goes on to make the conclusion that marriage is becoming an exclusive club for the already privileged. Those who cohabitate and are not financially secure often end up never getting married. They have children, but one out of every two children born to cohabitating parents will experience a parental breakup by age nine.

Those who put off moving in together, have a degree, and are financially secure are much more likely to wait until marriage to have children and less likely to divorce.

What Happens Now?

As you can see, divorce is complex and often fraught with unexpected complications. Even those who begin the process amicably enough often find that they do not agree as much as they thought. By tackling this process without an attorney, you run the risk of being stuck with a divorce settlement that hurts you in the long run. For divorcing couples, they will need to work out:

  • Asset distribution
  • Spousal maintenance
  • Child custody
  • Child support

For cohabitating couples, they often think that they will avoid most of the headaches of a divorce process. While this may be mostly true, if the couple has children then they will still need to figure out issues like child custody, visitation, and child support. All of these are vitally important issues for a child’s well-being and are taken very seriously by the Arizona court system.

An Arizona family law attorney will be able to help you sort through all of these issues, whether you are married and divorcing or cohabitating and separating.

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