Marriage has long been seen as an American cultural institution, as it was the foundation for life in many ways in this country. Over the years, though, fewer people have been getting married, approximately half of the people who get married ultimately obtain a divorce and more and more people are choosing to cohabitate instead of entering into a legal marriage. Now comes word that for the first time in American history, fewer than half of all households in the United States consist of married couples.
This surprising revelation came about thanks to the statistical data compiled by the United States Census of 2010. This effort not only found that fewer than half of the households in the country are married couples, but also that the number of people in the United States who choose to cohabitate without marriage has risen by more than 25 percent in the past decade. This finding appears to contradict findings in other studies that state that nearly 75 percent of Americans view marriage as important.
This finding, like any other that is met with surprise, is also being met with the offering of theories that attempt to explain this phenomenon. These theories include assertions that people who have already been divorced do not want to remarry and that people generally want to live with a person for a time before taking the next step into a marriage.
San Diego Family Law Attorneys
While many people think that cohabitation does not involve legal rights, the fact of the matter is that there are situations that arise where certain legal realities that are thought to only apply to married couples could arise. These situations tend to become relevant after people have cohabitated for a number of years and then decide to go their separate ways, particularly if the couple had children during this time.
If you find yourself in this type of situation and you’re not sure how to proceed, you need to seek the help of San Diego family law attorneys who have been helping clients obtain a fresh start for many years. Contact the Men’s Legal Center today to schedule an initial consultation.