Once viewed as the foundation of a stable and successful life, a new generation seems to see marriage as more of a postscript – the “cherry on top” once educational, travel, and career goals are achieved. Moreover, millennials are marrying later in life, entering the union with more established senses of themselves, their needs, and what they want in a partner.
Though we hear of bleak statistics, divorce rates are actually decreasing from year to year, according to the National Center for Health Statistics. This could be due in large part due to the fact that marriage rates are simultaneously decreasing. The value marriage holds in American culture is also changing. In a recent study of 1,000 18-34 year olds, nearly half said they would be interested in a marriage concept that could be abandoned or made official after a two-year period. Younger adults are more cautious about committing for a lifetime.
New Alternatives to Marriage
The one-size-fits-all model of matrimony may be less-appealing to future generations. The legalization of gay marriage in some states is obviously reinventing the concept of matrimony. A union between people who are only interested in co-parenting is another non-traditional option. Married couples are even opting to live in different homes – or even different cities – either to pursue their chosen careers, or just out of personal preference.
Marriage will evolve as society does. Perhaps creating room for a new type of union is the key to better odds of marital bliss. Younger adults know what they want out of life and are more convinced than ever that they can achieve their goals alone. Marriage may be one of those goals too, but no longer seems to be the first and foremost, at least as millennials are concerned.
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The face of marriage may be changing, but divorce is still a harsh reality for many. If you are facing a divorce in Maryland, you want an experienced Baltimore divorce lawyer by your side. At the Law Offices of Allyson B. Goldscher, LLC we have extensive experience in all aspects of family law, and will fight for your interests as a spouse and parent. Call our Stevenson, Maryland offices at 410-602-9522 or contact us online to discuss your case. We represent clients throughout Baltimore County, including Baltimore and Stevenson.