The number of people getting married is the lowest in 100 years
The Office for National Statics revealed that 232,990 couples tied the knot in 2008. However in 2007 235,370 couples got married. Why are people choosing not to get married anymore? Is it because people’s lifestyles have changed? It is definitely more accepted these days for couples to live together and even have children together even if they aren’t married. However in the past it was heavily frowned upon for couples to co-habitat without getting married first.
Vice Chairman, David Allison said “a smaller percentage of people got married in 2008 than in any year since records began and at the same time the number of couples living together outside of marriage is on the increase. Yet the majority of people don’t understand that living together does not give them any financial protection should the relationship end, which leaves countless people vulnerable to financial hardship if their relationship breaks down.”
A Church of England spokesperson said “couples today see marriage as being the crown of their relationship, something to wait for, rather than a gateway to adulthood as it used to be. We have found that marriage is regarded as a serious commitment and something people aspire to, even those already living together. Making a positive public decision to a committed, life-long relationship changes behaviour – especially for men.”
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Source: www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1250207/Number-people-getting-married-hits-100-year-low.html, 11th February 2010