Millennials & Marriage: Amending The Rules Of Matrimony

Posted on 01-04-2018 by
Tags: Family Law , Marriage , Millennials , divorce , cohabitation

Marriage without marriage? Is cohabitation the millennial trend? 


Millennials do marriage differently than Generation X and Baby Boomers.

The percentage of millennials who get married is lower than for previous generations, and millennials are waiting until they are considerably older to wed. Still, a good number of millennials—about 27 percent, according to Gallup—have walked down the aisle.

But millennial love isn’t necessarily till “death do us part.”

Like marriage, millennials have unique expectations and perspectives when it comes to divorce. But that’s for those who actually make it down the aisle. More and more, millennials are skipping the aisle and, instead, are choosing to simply live together. 

Millennials: Shifting Marriage Trends

When it comes to divorce, millennials play by their own set of rules. They tend to:

  • engage in more pre-nuptial agreements;
  • work through divorce more quickly and with less animosity than their parents’ generation; and
  • decide more quickly that a marriage is not going to work out.

 But divorce never becomes an issue for some millennial couples. With marriage trends shifting and millennial couples changing, the percentage of couples who cohabitate has now shot through the roof. Some cohabitors give their relationships a short test drive. For others, the co-habitation arrangement is more long-term. Either way, cohabitation is a hot trend among millennials. According to the Barna Group:

The majority of American adults believe cohabitation is generally a good idea. Two thirds of adults (65%) either strongly or somewhat agree that it’s a good idea to live with one’s significant other before getting married, compared to one-third (35%) who either strongly or somewhat disagree.

Legal Insights Into Millennial Matrimony 

While cohabitation might be “millennially” popular, that doesn’t mean it’s always legally smart. Cohabitation can be plagued with legal issues. Millennials, living together as cohabitors, don’t necessarily know that they’ll be treated differently under the law. This difference in treatment can impact, among other things:

  • medical or financial decisions for one’s significant other;
  • estate planning; and
  • taxation/deductions.

So how does a family law lawyer help today’s millennial couples and cohabitors? If you’re a family law lawyer, you need to better understand millennial marriage and break-up trends. You also need a deep dive into family law resources and a keen understanding of cohabitation laws. To accomplish this, you need access to:

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