It has been reported that marrying your childhood sweetheart is becoming less and less common according to a recent study. The study found that one in seven couples now in middle age married people they met in their teens in comparison to one in three of their parents’ generation.
According to the research, finding a marriage partner later in life brings social consequences such as delays in reaching milestones, such as obtaining stable employment, getting married, having a Child and purchasing a property. Half of people in their sixties today had a child before they were 25, compared with just 11 per cent today. Whilst marrying later means more people enjoying years of freedom, it also brings with it a sense of frustration that they are so far behind what their parents had at their age. It seems the only milestone all the generations passed at the same time was learning to drive.
There are of course some exceptions; U2’s Bono is married to his childhood sweetheart, Ali Hewson, whom he met at school. Celebrity chef, Jamie Oliver met his wife, Jools when they were just 17 and have been married for over 10 years with 4 children and in May 2013, the Olympic athlete, Jessica Ennis-Hill married Andy Hill, whom she met at school in Sheffield.
However, it has been reported that marrying later could mean a more successful marriage in comparison to those young lovers tying the knot. Experts have suggested people are waiting until they are absolutely sure before getting married and being independent throughout their twenties and early thirties means they are learning life’s lessons and know what pitfalls to avoid so they are more ready to meet “the one” when the time comes. It has been suggested that the Divorce rate having fallen sharply in the UK since 2004 would seem to support this theory.
By Family Law Solicitor Georgina Chase