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Census Bureau Statistics Show Marriage Rates at All Time Low

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It looks like many men and women across the United States are choosing to stay single and not rush into a marriage. CBS News reports that statistics released by Census Bureau show that marriage rates among young adults have declined by more than 10 percent over the last decade.

With such a steep decline, marriage rates are at the lowest that they've been at since records first started being collected by the Census Bureau more than 100 years ago. Instead of marriage, CBS News reports that many non-married couples in the U.S. are choosing to get into cohabitating relationships.

Why this trend that shies away from marriage and toward cohabitation? Some reports say that the decline in marriage and rise in cohabitation is because of high unemployment rates and growing economic uncertainty. Many people might not be able to afford the extravagant wedding that they have dreamed of in such tough economic times. Meanwhile, it's easier to save money on housing when you're living with a significant other.

Many Texas family law attorneys say that it's a good idea to consider entering into a cohabitation agreement before moving in with a boyfriend or girlfriend. FindLaw states that such an agreement could set ground rules for financial or other arrangements in the relationship. Most importantly, a cohabitation agreement can prevent a lot of chaos and arguments throughout the relationship or prevent disputes on property division in the case of a breakup. For more general information, please visit our Related Resources links on cohabitation.

Related Resources:

  • Happily Even After: Cohabitation Agreements (FindLaw's Law and Daily Life Blog)
  • See a Houston Family Law Attorney (FindLaw)
  • Sample Cohabitation Agreement (FindLaw)

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