Sometimes it appears as if it is the job of every new generation is to challenge assumptions and traditions held dear by previous generations. Sociologists point out that millennials are taking their job seriously.
They are waiting to marry, which challenges marriage tradition. And while 20-somethings and 30-somethings wait, they are moving in with significant others and testing the waters of compatibility. The result of the changes: divorce rates continue to decline, as they have since the 1990s.
The changes are pretty dramatic when we look back in recent history, says Wendy Manning at the National Center for Family and Marriage Research (NCFMR). A mere "11% of women who first married between 1965 and 1974 cohabited prior to marriage." By 2009, the percentage was six times higher.
Manning says that today living together "has become part of the pathway towards marriage."
Another marriage tradition that is being undone and reshaped is the honeymoon. Millennials are more likely today to create a "honeyfund" or ask for cold, hard cash on their wedding day. Some say this change takes romance out of the honeymoon, while the counterargument is that it liberates couples from unneeded wedding-gift toasters.
Let's face it: people who live together have already got a toaster, gravy boat and linens.
We will continue our look at evolutions in marriage and divorce in our next post.
If you face the possibility of a divorce, you can have a confidential discuss of your situation with an experienced Butler County family law attorney.