Despite widespread acceptance for cohabitation outside of wedlock and unmarried woman raising children on their own, many continue to view divorce unfavorably according to a CDC survey. In fact many young people, who have the lowest marriage rates on record, do not think divorce is an acceptable response to marital problems. A conservative view in a liberal-leaning demographic.
Apparently, the reason stems from how millennials view marriage. While marriage rates have plummeted among this group, many millennials still aspire to tie the knot. However, instead of marrying early and building a life of financial stability together like previous generations, millennials have a different flow in mind.
Based on the results from the survey, millennials are putting off marriage in order to reach a few milestones of their own before they say ‘I do’. Many believe that they should wait to marry until they have a college degree, a stable job, savings, limited debt and maybe even a home of their own. They also hope to have at least one previous serious relationship under their belt and a target of successfully cohabitating with their future spouse before they make an enduring commitment to marriage.
The desire to marry is not dead it seems, but marriageability as it is defined today is pushing marriage rates to an all time low. For those millennials that eventually opt in, many hope to make it last a lifetime.
Source: Washington Post, “Americans are Becoming More Socially Liberal — Except When It Comes to Divorce”, Catherine Rampell, April 19, 2016