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Living together is a steadily growing trend that is now the norm for 60 percent of today’s unmarried couples. Cohabitation no longer carries the stigma that it did in years past: In the 1960s, only 10 percent of couples reported living together pre-marriage. Research shows that one out of four women will live with a man by age 20 and three out of four women will live with a man by age 30. As far as divorce rates go, couples who live together but are committed in terms of an engagement and future wedding date have a higher chance of staying married as opposed to those who live together uncommitted prior to getting married.So how does one decide whether to take this step or not with their significant other?
Fifty percent of first marriages end in divorce. The average length of a first marriage is eight years, with the average age of those who are getting married landing at 30, prime child bearing years. One would think that second or third marriages would show better stats, as men and women would learn from their mistakes. But that's NOT true. Sixty percent of second marriages and 73 percent of third marriages will end in divorce. And so a challenge for many couples embarking on getting remarried is how to successfully meld each of their children into the mix.
In light of the vociferous and ongoing debate surrounding gay marriage, it's easy to imagine that self-described "marriage traditionalists" rose up organically in opposition to expanding the definition of marriage to include spouses of the same sex. However, you'd be wrong to think that. The marriage movement—which now claims, erroneously, that the incursion of gays and lesbians into its hallowed halls will weaken the institution—actually began as a response to a real threat to the contract of matrimony: the no-fault divorce.
As we get ready for the warmer months by cleaning out our closets, and happily discarding those horrid cargo pants, we need to also use the same critical eye when assessing our relationships. Staying with the same person can be your go-to move because it's scary to look for someone new. What if you're alone for a while or you never fall in love again? Is it worth staying in a rut?
Like most of the rest of the women in America, I read the recent New York magazine essay on “The Retro Wife” with my mouth wide open in disbelief. In case somehow you missed it , "The Retro Wife" tells the story of the brave new anti-feminist wives and moms who are turning their backs on careerhood and instead digging deep down into the pleasures of being a stay-at-home mom. Yes, we’re back to that war again. What I like most about the piece is that its brave poster-mom, Kelly Makino, turns out to have actually been a stay-at-home mom for less than a year—and confesses she’s, well, a little bored. I’m sure things have picked up for her since the story appeared in mid-March, however, since it’s now spring-cleaning time.