Changing family patterns : Marriage (Cohabitation (Increased in the UK…
Changing family patterns : Marriage
Reasons for the decrease in marriage
Changes in the position of women
Fear of divorce
Increased in the UK with 25% of unmarried adults under 60 cohabiting
Expected to double by 2021.
Decline in stigma: cohabitation is more acceptable.
Increased career opportunities.
Secularisation - people with no religion are more likely to cohabit.
Some couples see it as a step towards marriage.
Stonewall estimates that 5-7%of adults in Britain have same-sex relationships.
This may not be an increase - it may be because people are less likely to hide the relationship.
Reasons for increases:
Change in attitudes
People over 65
Men under 65 are also likely to live alone.
Decline in numbers marrying
Increase in divorce
An increasing number of adults in relationships but are not marrying or cohabiting.
Some choose to remain in their own home.
May not be affordable.
Attitudes towards LATs are favourable.
Living apart together.