Family Law Prof Blog

Editor: Margaret Ryznar
Indiana University
Robert H. McKinney School of Law

Sunday, July 26, 2020

From the New York Times:

Across the country, young newlyweds are dealing with a host of new challenges and anxieties brought on by the coronavirus pandemic. Many have lost jobs or are worried about the possibility of losing work. Others are dealing with the stress of loved ones falling ill. And some — if they are lucky enough — are learning how to spend 24 hours a day with their new spouses, living and working together under quarantine.

Until recently, though, the first year of marriage — traditionally thought of as an especially difficult year of transition — wasn’t so bad for many of them.

For previous generations, a wedding typically kicked off a wave of new responsibilities and experiences for couples: moving in together for the first time, merging finances, starting a family. But today, 65 percent of first marriages start with the couple already living together.

Young couples, especially, are inclined to sign a lease together before getting married, and to delay marriage over all. A 2018 relationships study from eHarmony found that, on average, American couples between the ages of 25 and 34 knew each other for longer before getting married than couples in any other age group.

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