It seems like just years ago individuals would not consider having children until they were married. That social norm, however, has gone by the wayside as more and more couples decide to hold off marriage until things fall into place, including education and a financial stability. Some may think that having children prior to marriage would lead to more breakups and divorces, but a recent study contradicts those thoughts.
According to the study, conducted by researchers at Cornell University, found that those who waited to marry until they had children had a lower rate of divorce. The study compared couples between 1985 to 1995 and 1997 to 2010. In the earlier group, researchers discovered that those who had children and then married were 60 percent more likely to dissolve their marriage than those who waited until marriage to have children. However, with the more recent group, the effect of having premarital children on divorce rates essentially disappeared.
These statistics for the more recent group only account for those individuals who eventually married after having children, though, as those who cohabitated and had children were more likely to split up. In fact, 30 percent of those with children and were cohabitating with their partner split up within five years of childbirth.
This study is interesting and highlights how our society's vision of marriage has changed. Regardless of how a couple decides to live their private lives, though, they may all be confronted with similar legal issues if their relationship comes to an end. Unmarried couples, along with their married counterparts, may have to worry about child support and parenting time, as well as how to divide their assets and debts. These complicated matters can be stressful and frustrating. But these individuals do not have to deal with these problems alone, as they can find assistance from an experienced Ohio family law attorney.
Source: Live Science, "Having Kids Before Marriage Doesn't Raise Divorce Odds Anymore," Laura Geggel, Sep. 17, 2015