•Describe the current trends affecting marriage and family life in the United States.Current trends affecting marriage and family life in the United States include postponing marriage, cohabitation, unmarried mothers, divorce, and remarriage. Beginning around 1970 the average age of first-time brides and grooms increased dramatically. The average first-time bride and groom are now older than at any other time in U.S. history. Cohabitation, adults living together in a sexual relationship without being married, plays a significant factor in these statistics. Couples are eight times more likely to cohabitate today than 30 years ago, and half of married couples lived together before marriage as compared with only 8 percent a generation ago. These figures convey the remarkable increase in cohabitation. The essential difference in marriage and cohabitation being degree of permanence, cohabitants remain together for “as long as it works out” and are
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