When you start looking for positives in a situation that is normally perceived as negative, people often wonder if you’re hiding something, or not taking it seriously enough. This is definitely the case with single parenting. After all, isn’t the married life supposed to be the only path to happiness? Isn’t it true that single parents are perpetually stressed out? Wouldn’t it be impossible to wear so many different hats in your family? Sure, there are more financial pressures and very little down time when you’re on your own, but you eventually learn to live with that. Single parents are so good at being industrious; they are often very successful in a starting a small business.
We’ve all heard the reasoning behind choosing cohabitation instead of rushing into marriage; all the practical speculation that is nothing more than a list of excuses to avoid commitment. But with a recent Time Magazine cover story asking “Who Needs Marriage,” and statistics showing young adults have stopped believing in the age-old institution, some divorce lawyers in Colorado Springs began to wonder if this would impact their job security.
It’s amazing how one Time Magazine cover story can get so much attention, but any news magazine is bound to grab headlines when it proclaims that “Marriage is Dead”, and backs that up with a reputable survey. The big takeaway from this article was that 44 percent of Americans under 30 consider marriage to be obsolete, and according to the same Pew poll, only 5 percent of under-30 set wants to get married; a number that is difficult to fathom when the wedding industry is now $40 billion plus. As a family law attorney, it’s hard not to question the methodology behind this study, but I know it definitely raised eyebrows among divorce attorneys in Colorado Springs.