Family law concerns may arise as couples remain unmarried

By |2022-04-04T17:04:06+00:0009 Aug 2013|Categories: Family Law, Unmarried Couples|

Family law concerns may arise as couples remain unmarried

The definition of the family setting has become more and more complex for many people in Orange County, California. In the past, many people would get married when they reached a certain age. Times have changed; however, and although the number of divorcing couples has already decreased, there is another thing that has been trending — unmarried couples who cohabitate.

Study results from Bowling Green University state that fewer American women are getting married and those who do marry at an older age compared with women in the past. According to the study, the marriage rate declined by nearly 60 percent from the 1970s, which was a period of different social movements, including empowerment of women. Recent data show that there are 31.1 marriages in every 1,000 unmarried women; in 1920, that number was 92.3 in every thousand. As for the higher marrying age, researchers confirm that the age for a woman to marry is 27, while it is 29 for men. The ages are based on when a person thinks he or she has achieved economic security.

Couples today deliberate about the economic implications of getting into a marital relationship. Because it is easier to live together, couples prefer to cohabitate rather than getting married. Many people are afraid to get married and eventually divorce, hence they do not commit to marrying. In America, 15 percent of women are divorced today, which is far from the one percent in the 1920s.

The changing view on the role of women and men in the marital home also affects the decline of marriage. Additionally, each spouse is seen as someone who can bring something to the table, economically.

Living together without being married can cause family law concerns in California. Cohabitation can be as advantageous. Although cohabitation is a choice between partners, the partners should be cautious about their rights in the relationship. Preparing a cohabitation agreement can be done with the help of a legal professional. The purpose of the document is to uphold the interests of the partners.

Source: The Blade, “Saying ‘I do’ not so common anymore,” Rose Russell, July 27, 2013

About the Author:

Dorie Anne Rogers - The Law Offices of Dorie A. Rogers, APC
Dorie A. Rogers, a Family Law Specialist, Certified by the State Bar of California, has been an attorney since 1981 with an exclusive family law practice located in Orange County. She is accepting dissolution cases with support and property issues including the use of forensics to ascertain business value, community interests and to establish monthly case flow analysis. Ms. Rogers has substantial experience in high conflict custody litigation involving sophisticated psychological issues. She drafts premarital and postmarital agreement designed to define and establish parties' separate and community property interests. Paternity cases and domestic violence matters are considered part of her practice. Ms. Rogers is a court-approved and court-appointed to represent minor children.Ms. Rogers consults with individuals concerned about entering or exiting a relationship. She advises effective strategies for dissolution or premarital planning. Knowledge is power and good planning affords better results.Specialties: Family Law Specialist, Certified by the State Bar of California
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