Friday, January 26, 2007

More Childless Families, Longer-Lasting Marriages in Oz; Journalist Only One Surprised By Connection


Families with kids out of vogue
Childless families have gone up by a third since 1991 and sole-parent families by 38 per cent. Twelve per cent of people are living in de facto relationships and couples are waiting longer to marry, with the median age for men at 32 and 29 for women.

What is surprising, however, is that marriages are lasting longer, with the average couple staying together for just over 12 years.

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2 comments:

Ashley said...

I've always wondered about kids putting such a strain on marriage. They say the number one reason people get divorced is over money. But how often do the money problems arise with the birth of kids? I know correlation is not causation but I wonder if not having kids avoids the money problems that lead to divorce.

Vinny C said...

If you look at marriage stressors in general, like money issues, emotional intimacy, privacy, quality time, etc., having a child can majorly disrupt the balance that was there before. Add in the additional factor of childrearing, and all that goes along with it, and there is even more potential conflict.