Posts Tagged ‘cohabitation’

Do we even need marriage anymore?

May 13th, 2014 Comments off


The News Story – Divorce law overhaul: is there really any point to marriage anymore?

Recent suggested changes in Britain’s divorce legislation have one Telegraph writer pondering why we would ever bother getting married in the first place. Read more…

Are married or cohabiting couples happier?

September 30th, 2013 Comments off

by Nicole M. King

The News Story – Russians consider boosting divorce tax, citing ‘moral and demographic decline’

In a move sure to ruffle liberal Americans’ feathers yet again, Russia is considering an increase in the current tax on divorces.

Kelly Phillips Erb of Forbes reports, “Russia is considering upping the tax on splitting up to 30,000 rubles ($941 US) from the current rate of 400 rubles ($13 US). The increase of nearly 7500% has two goals: raising revenue and discouraging divorce.”  The revenue will be used to “plug holes” in Russia’s current budget deficit, a rising concern to many.  In addition, however, Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev hopes that the higher tax will cause some to pause before rushing into either marriage or divorce.  Erb calls the move part of Russia’s larger “rush to morality” in the past few months.  Read more…

Men and Women Often Expect Different Things When They Move In Together

July 11th, 2013 Comments off
A new study suggests that men are more likely than women to be not “completely committed” to their partners.

At 33, my friend (I’ll call her Shannon) had little to show for her five-year relationship with her live-in boyfriend. No ring. No baby. No future. So she finally decided to break up with him. Read more…

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“Astonishing” demographic change in Latin America

June 25th, 2013 Comments off

by Shannon Roberts

New published demographic research by Albert Esteve at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, reveals Latin American society is changing at an unprecedented rate.   For generations people have been focused on early marriage, family and child-rearing, but now co-habitation rather than marriage is becoming a norm and having children is being postponed.  It is the same picture we already see in many other countries.  However, Sao Paulo of the Economist observes that the change is happening “astonishingly quickly” in Latin America.  It took “rich” countries 50 years, with changes occurring in sequence, while in Latin America the changes have happened in half the time and all at once, resulting in faster, less predictable social change.  Read more…

Risks of Living Together Before Marriage

June 5th, 2013 Comments off

Posted by: MarriageToday with Jimmy Evans

If you live together with someone before getting married, your chances of divorce increase significantly. Also, almost every problem people think they are avoiding by living together actually increases—abuse, infidelity, breakup, etc.

Even though cohabiting with someone might seem like a good idea, it is a practical disaster. The worst thing about cohabitation is the mindset that drives it. To understand this mindset and how it sets up a relationship for failure, you must first understand the mindset that is necessary for success in marriage. Read more…

How I Know My Wife Married the “Wrong” Person

June 5th, 2013 Comments off

Today my wife Lindsay and I celebrate our two year anniversary. Two years ago, we tied the knot and took the plunge. Two years ago, the cutest girl in Indiana was taken off the market! Two years ago, we launched the beginning of the rest of our lives. Two years ago…

And after two years, there’s no hiding behind the dinner-and-a-movie façade of dating life any longer. I can’t buy enough flowers to conceal it. I can’t open enough doors. I can’t say enough “I love you’s.” She knows (and painfully, so do I) that she married the wrong person. Read more…

90 percent of unmarried couples with babies will break up by baby’s teens: Study

May 29th, 2013 Comments off

by Hilary White

LONDON, May 23, 2013 ( – Half of all British children born this year will be living with only one parent by the time they reach their teens, a study has revealed.

The study, titled “The myth of long-term stable relationships outside of marriage” undertaken by the Marriage Foundation, found that 45 percent of British teenagers between the ages of 13-15 are not living with both parents and that 9 out of 10 children born to unmarried, cohabiting “partners” will be living in single-parent households by their teens. Read more…

Cohabitation first is new norm for unmarrieds with kids

April 5th, 2013 Comments off

Unmarried couples who live together are staying together longer than in the past — and more of them are having children, according to the first federal data out Thursday that details just how cohabitation is transforming families across the USA.

For almost half of women ages 15-44, their “first union” was cohabitation rather than marriage, says the report from the National Center for Health Statistics. For less than one-quarter, the first union was marriage. The report was based on in-person interviews conducted between 2006 and 2010 with 12,279 women ages 15-44. Read more…

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The Supreme Court’s First Assault on Marriage

March 18th, 2013 Comments off


This article was first published at The Public Discourse on March 11, 2013.

This year, the Supreme Court will render judgment on the institution of marriage. Though most of us don’t realize it, the Court first did so forty-one years ago in Eisenstadt v. Baird, a decision that gravely wounded marriage and set the nation on a course of gradual debilitation by ruling that states could not restrict the sale of contraceptives to unmarried people. Read more…

Shape or be shaped: Christians in an era of marriage decline

February 12th, 2013 Comments off

by Carolyn Moynihan

The religious lives of young people are being damaged by family breakdown, a new report shows. How will churches respond?

Christians throughout the West are dismayed at plummeting church attendance figures. They blame video games, or left-wing teachers, or Richard Dawkins. But perhaps the real answer is closer to home — their own families. Read more…