and save for your future kids. In the past, it was more common for the couple’s families to help financially with the wedding and after the marriage; however, marriage is actually now seen as a symbol to cut financial ties with their parents. As the average marriage age climbs to about 27-28, that financial burden is no longer put on the family, but on the couple themselves. Additionally, for those in the lower class, if you acquire federal benefits, you would not receive as good of benefits after you are married. In contrast, Wilcox suggests couples do almost the opposite. He explains that men should stop waiting to settle down until they make more money, and women should stop turning their noses at low-wage men because, “marriage has a transformative effect on
adult behavior, emotional health, and financial well-being- particularly for men”. It makes sense. With marriage, kids, and settling down there comes responsibility and a huge reliance on the success of their careers. Also, having a support system, someone to encourage you and give you advice, could contribute to one’s success. According to Wilcox, “on average, young married men make $15,900 more than their single peers, and married men aged 44-46 make $18,800 more than their single peers”. Additionally, evidence shows that employers favor married men with children because they typically appear to be more responsible and dedicated. Maybe too many couples are just looking at it with a backwards perspective. Instead of working on your career before pursuing a marriage, maybe marriage is actually the push people need to succeed in their career path and fund their married lifestyle.
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