According to a 2010 Pew Research Center survey examining American attitudes toward relationships, 39% believe marriage is becoming obsolete. This is up from 28% in 1978.
The institution, while on the decline, is hardly on the verge of extinction. Today, in 2010, 54% of American adults are married, which is down from 57% in 2000, and 72% in 1960.
Cohabitation, on the other hand, is on the upswing — having nearly doubled since 1990. And that is a notable development.
Unmarried couples do not have the legal protections that married couples do in the event that the relationship unravels. Therefore, we recommend that unmarried partners consider entering into cohabitation agreements so that there are protections if the relationship fails. Please contact the lawyers at Fields and Dennis, LLP with any questions at 781.489.6776.