A recent study by University of Central Oklahoma and Cornell University found that a large contributing factor to the decreased marriage rate among couples is the fear of divorce. Of 122 cohabitating couples that were polled, 67% stated that they feared the fallout of a divorce if they were to marry. Particularly for lower-income women, the fear is that they could end up trapped in a marriage if “things go wrong.” There are also others who feel that marriage is “just a piece of paper” that wouldn’t change their existing relationship much. Both these feelings of fear, and of apathy, have led to a decrease in marriage. These findings will be helpful for premarital counselors to create programs to help couples deal with fears and other concerns about marriage. For more information, see the article below.
Lance Youd is a divorce attorney in Salem, Oregon.