According to a survey conducted by Gallup, data reveals millennials are
in no rush to tie the knot. In fact, millennials have broken the previous
demographic patterns of Baby Boomers, Generation Xers, and Traditionalists
and currently hold the highest percentage of people listed as currently
single/never married (59%) for their age group (18-36). Previously, only
16% of Generation Xers in that age group were single/never married and
an even smaller amount of Baby Boomers listed single/never married at 10%.
Despite this information, Millennials still want to get married. In a survey
where 2,048 adults were interviewed regarding their attitudes toward marriage,
26% said they just hadn’t met the right person, 22% said they were
either too young or not ready and another 15% said they had not married
for financial reasons. Perhaps the shift in the percentage of millennials
getting married comes with the decline of Americans’ views of the
importance of being married when two people want to spend their lives
together or have a child. Resulting in millennials who express interest
in getting married to their life partner, but do not feel getting married
is a requirement of commitment.
What Could This Mean for Family Law?
If the trend on the importance of marriage continues to weaken, perhaps
legislation and regulations will require revision. Currently, parents
who live together but have chosen not to marry struggle with proving paternity,
or making sure their children qualify for health insurance and other governmental
benefits. In addition to those struggles, unmarried couples who choose
to split up face further challenges establishing visitation and custody
rights. These shifts in millennial lifestyle choices could provide challenging
for many industries surrounding marriage.
If you are an unmarried couple struggling to manage child visitation rights
or if you are a father fighting for joint custody of your child, our
Chesterfield family law attorney could help you.
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