The birth of a child is one of the most exciting experiences in a parent’s life. Many decades ago, unmarried parenthood was a major cause for concern on society. Today, more and more parents are avoiding marriage altogether and still looking forward to having children. Their attitudes toward parenthood are about the same as before, but their attitudes toward marriage have changed significantly.
Parenthood and Its Effect on Millennials
Several years ago, a young couple who found out they were expecting a child would have worked quickly to get married, as most couples were married by the time they had their first child. Now, in today’s society, having a child without getting married is not viewed as bad. Many couples today see having a child out of wedlock as an advantage.
There are many couples who use this opportunity to move in together, as they often believe that this is a way to make sure their relationship is a positive one. The longer the parents stay unmarried, the less important marriage often is to them. They often see a heightened awareness of the chances of losing one another, so staying unmarried frequently helps them with issues that may arise.
Between 1970 and 2000, the percentage of women who were married by the time their first child was born decreased significantly, by 50 percent. The percentage of unmarried women who lived with their child’s father when their child was born rose from 8 percent to 28 percent.
Are the Attitudes toward Parenthood the Same?
Having a child will change a parent’s life for the better, but young couples often do not like the idea of getting married, as many of them had to live in a household with divorced parents. Naturally, the young couples see what their parents go through and will work to avoid that situation from happening to them.
In many situations, marriage is not financially feasible, as there has been a huge increase in the number of student loans that will need to be paid off in the near future.
Call a San Jose Family Law Attorney
If you or someone you know has any questions regarding child support or any other child-related legal issues, it is best to consult effective legal assistance. At Dominion Law Group, LLP, our family law attorneys have over 28 years of experience in representing Santa Clara County area clients in various child support cases, so you will be guaranteed seasoned legal representation. To schedule a free initial consultation, please call our office at 408-288-5592 to get the help you deserve.