Waiting to get married to be able to afford the ring and wedding Idea that we

Waiting to get married to be able to afford the ring

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Waiting to get married to be able to afford the ring and wedding Idea that we should be independently financially stable before marriage College -> Career -> Marriage Better career potential and earning potential for women Technology Contraception We can live longer portions of our lives without having children Reproductive technologies Fertility treatments = later start at childbearing Culture Sex outside of marriage accepted Freedom/emerging adulthood Marriage is no longer equivalent to becoming an adult Self-supporting, moving out, completing school, full time job, financial stability, and finally marriage Cohabitation To Partner: Unmarried partners involved in a close personal relationship who share living quarters Can be premarital or just general Has become way more likely 900% increase since 1960s Less of a social stigma Quasi-cohabitation (not to be confused with “Living Alone Together”) Living Alone Together: “Have an intimate relationship but reside at separate addresses” Refers more to people who have found that they cannot live together due to differences in personality Individuals spend most nights together but maintain separate residencies (Quasi) Why? Not ready to make the big step Hiding their living arrangement from family/others
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Maintain some independence Busy day/work schedules Dress rehearsal for cohabitation or marriage Passionate love: People don’t want to be apart Benefits Get to know someone better Dress rehearsal Can save money Convenience Emotional wellbeing Shared responsibilities Cons Accentuate each others problems or dislikes Give up independence/alone time Romance killer Who cohabitates? Pretty much everyone 70% of women age 30-34 ⅔ of marriages take place between cohabitors Is it a bad idea? Answer to this question is changing Past studies: Cohabited couples were more likely to get married, then more likely to get divorced Why? Selection effect Religion Less likely to cohabit Also less likely to divorce Already married once = more likely to cohabit Divorce predicts divorce Age at cohabitation, not cohabitation itself, accounts for differences in divorce rates Move in before 23: Raised divorce rates Move in after 23: Lowered divorce rates Some evidence that people are prolonging marriage due to cohabitation Make a commitment without a marital commitment Some argue that cohabitation gives couple’s a chance at a trial run that allows them to weed out bad relationships/partners Serial cohabitors are at greater risk of divorce Sliding into Marriage - BAAAAAD Higher chance of divorce “We’re basically already married, may as well just do it” “It would be too hard to break up. Maybe if we get married , it will fix the relationship” Marriage Are we still getting married?
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