Why Marry? - Part 2
Not too long ago, when I was just a teenager, (okay, maybe it was a while ago) people that lived together without the blessing of marriage were frowned upon – unaccepted by society. Not many couples did it. Now, it has become the norm. Today, 70 – 90 % of young people will live with someone of the opposite sex (in a relationship) before they marry. It is understandable that the younger generation fears marriage when 50% (almost 60% in Florida) of them come from broken homes. Even baby boomers, that have experienced divorce, are now moving in with their partners to live out of wedlock. Many of them have no intentions of marrying. There is also a trend among people over seventy, who have lost spouses to death, to forego marriage and “live in sin”. They can’t afford to give up their departed spouses’ retirement and social security benefits to marry. At one time, it was believed that living together, first, would damage your chances for a successful marriage.