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Reasons To Marry And Not Marry


In the past, people graduated high school, went to college, started their careers, got married, and had kids. While some people still follow this flowchart of sorts, many don’t end up getting married. They may have kids, but never get married.

With the divorce rate hovering around 50% and societal norms changing, marriage is not the priority it once was. In the past, people married out of necessity. Women married men who would be the breadwinner and pay the bills, while men married women to stay home and raise their children. Marriage is also the goal in many cultures and religions.

But with many people not wanting children and both men and women earning money, there’s less of a need to get married. Women don’t need someone to support them. Men who don’t want kids don’t need a homemaker wife anymore.

Indeed, millennials and those who are part of Generation Z are not putting a priority on marriage. In fact, in the United States, the number of never-married single people between the ages of 25 and 34 now outnumber the number of married people, 46% to 45% — a slim margin.

Marriage is no longer the only way to have a committed relationship with someone. Some people simply live together without a marriage license. They may even have children without getting married.

Why Get Married?

There are several reasons why people get married. They include:

  • When two people are in love with each other and want to spend the rest of their lives together, marriage is the obvious choice.
  • Marriage can provide a sense of support. When a couple marries, they act as a team, supporting each other through life.
  • Marriage can provide a stable environment for raising children.
  • Religion/culture. For some, marriage is an integral part of their culture or religion.

Why Not Get Married?

Not everyone is cut out for marriage. Here are some reasons why people don’t think it’s a good idea:

  • Lack of freedom. Marriage requires a lot of sacrifices. It takes a lot of time and energy, and some people would rather not deal with it.
  • Compatibility issues. Marriage is a huge step. A person would not want to get married if they don’t feel compatible with someone or if they have reservations about tying the knot.
  • Getting married means sharing everything. And in a divorce, your spouse could take half of everything. Finances are also a major reason for divorce. So take stock of your finances before marriage and see if marriage is worth the risk.

Seek Legal Help

Marriage is not always necessary. After all, the leading cause of divorce is marriage. If you don’t want to deal with marriage and divorce, there are other ways to have a relationship.

Sometimes couples marry for bad reasons and it leads to divorce. If you are facing divorce, Fort Lauderdale divorce lawyer Edward J. Jennings, P.A. can guide you through the process. Schedule a consultation by calling 954-764-4330 or filling out the online form.



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