In the past, cohabitation was a step closer to marriage. Nowadays, many relationships don’t progress past the cohabitation step, as many couples opt to forego marriage altogether.
In fact, among those ages 18-24, cohabitation is more common than marriage. Statistics show that 9% of adults in that age range live with an unmarried partner. This is compared to 7% who are married and living with their spouse. Even older adults are choosing the cohabitation route. In 2018, 15% of people between the ages of 25-34 lived with an unmarried partner. This is an increase from 12% in the previous decade.
What this means is that marriages are on the decline. In 1978, 59% of adults 18-34 years old were married. Today, that number is just 30%. Those who do marry tend to do better financially. Forty percent of married adults ages 18-34 earn more than $40,000. Only 20% of unmarried adults earn that much.
So why are more couples sticking with cohabitation? Why not get married? Here are some reasons why:
There are some cons as well:
Marriage has some benefits as well.
But there are also some downsides:
Marriage is a huge step. Many couples don’t want to deal with the legal aspects involved with marriage and divorce.
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