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The Truth About Marriage

The more you now about marriage, the easier it is to make a choice that's right for you. Your friends or family might have told you some unflattering things about marriage. Remember, that their words describe the circumstances of their own marriages. It is different for everyone, and there are definitive facts about marriage that are generally true for everyone.

  • Married people are healthier and live longer that unmarried people. True. Unmarried people die sooner than married people - about 250% higher among men. When married, men are more likely to settle down and stop risky behaviors like drinking, drugs and unsafe sex - helping them live longer lives.
  • Getting married is bad for your finances. False. Most of the time, both men and women are better off financially when they marry because they can share their spouse's current and future incomes. Married men can also earn 10 to 40% more because they lead more settled lives. They miss work less and are more focused on earning money to support their family.
  • Children are no better off with single parents than married ones. False. Most of the time, children are better off when their real, biological, parents are married, living in the same home and in a healthy relationship. Married parents are usually better educated and earn more. Having more money reduces conflict and makes it easier for parents to spend time with their children.
  • Married people are happier than single or divorced people. True. In most cases, married people say they are happier with their lives. They also say they have less depression and anxiety than people who are single living with a partner.
  • Married people have more and better sex than single people. True. According to several surveys, married people say they have sex more often than singles and are more satisfied with their sex lives.
  • Marriage strengthens the bonds between fathers and their children. True. Married men spend more time and have better relationships with their children than single or divorced fathers. This is mainly because married fathers share the same home with their children. But, it is also because marriage encourages men to take responsibility for their own children.