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Marriage is less valued today than ever before Marriage and the way we view it today differs greatly from the past We no longer have to be married to be a family Our views and opinions on marriage and its meaning have changed considerably Marriage isnt necessarily less valued its just viewed differently The fact that the divorce rate has doubled in the last twenty years could lead us to believe that marriage isnt important to us anymore Instead of persevering and working at married life people are more frequently choosing to end their relationships However these divorced couples seem to be merely opting out of poor quality relationships to look for something better In the past divorce was frowned upon we were expected to carry on regardless of whether we were happy or not Until 1949 there was no financial help available for divorce cases Making the process easier and cheaper has given people the opportunity to leave empty shell marriages behind For example in 1991 75 of women and 80 of men divorced before the age of 35 were remarried within 10 years These figures show that we havent dismissed the idea of marriage Repeated remarriage doesnt mean we take marriage lightly just that society has changed and were not expected to put up with being unhappy People are demanding a better quality of marriage it might take two or three attempts to get it right With the majority of one-parent families being created through divorce we cant use lone parents as an example of marriage being less valued Lone parent families are often only temporarily in this situation and like divorcees go on to remarry On the surface the significant decline in marriage can appear to suggest its unimportance This can simply reflect an increase in cohabitation Attitudes have changed its quite acceptable to have a sexual relationship and children outside
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