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Marriage is in decline due to changing social attitudes This essay will be discussing why marriages are in decline and how social attitudes affect people's decisions. It will be looking at how people have changed their ideas about marriage due to different opinions, media and religion. Marriage has been declining steadily since the 1970's this may be due to more people preferring low key weddings, rather than a traditional white church wedding. People's perceptions of weddings have changed too, more than half of all weddings do not take place in a church. More couples choose to have civil marriages in place of a religious ceremony, more than 15,000 couples married in stately homes, castles, hotels etc in 1996. Generations are slowly loosing touch with religion, therefore seeing marriage as less important. Catholic weddings can be a burden, bringing too much hassle for the family. ...read more.


In this way, less money is spent and is easier to break up rather than going through the process of divorce. In Britain trialing a relationship is most popular. This is when couples live together and test their relationship to see if they can live like that permanently. This way of cohabitation usually leads up to marriage. Another type is when a couple are literally married but haven't exchanged vows, instead they have had private promises to each other. The public's social attitudes with cohabiting are more popular than marriage. From the media's negative image about marriage, people are put off. This includes the scares of divorce. As the years go on, more people are divorcing. Relationships are more fragile so cohabiting is seen as safer than divorcing and going through stress. Also violence in marriage has scared some people off the idea of tying the knot. ...read more.


In the 1970s, only one in 100 women did so. Marriages are also in decline as more babies are born outside wedlock, therefore the mothers not wanting to marry again. About a third of all babies are born without there parents being married. Also 40% of births outside marriage are to parents who do not live together. Most of the mothers are young, and in some cases too young to live on their own or with the father. It has become easier to live as a lone parent family, so more people are opting to it. Marriages are slowly in decline, as there are more couples choosing to cohabitate and the stigma attached to being married is negative. It looks smarter not marrying. This way a person can save up money, have education, and be more emotionally stable. The publics social attitudes towards marriage is that cohabiting is easier and less expensive, although the government are persuading couples to get married, people prefer to trial there relationship rather than saying 'I do' in a hurry. ...read more.

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