Generation X: Starter Marriages

May 3, 2012 12:00 AM
Generation X: Starter Marriages
" BOSTON (CBS) – These marriages last less than five years and the couple ends up splitting very few assets, because there are very few assets to split. Or worse, they end up splitting the debt they’ve accumulated.

This is an expensive dress rehearsal for the real thing. Average cost of a wedding today in the U.S. is almost $26,000. Doing some local research I found that here in the Boston area weddings cost about the national average.

Pamela Paul coined the phrase, “Starter Marriage” with her book, The Starter Marriage and the Future of Matrimony. She talks about the wedding as being the prize that the couple has focused on and not the next 50 years together. Once the wedding is over they have nothing in common.

Starter marriages are not new. We all know of a young couple that seemed to have it all, maybe even lived together for a time, got married, and then just as quickly divorced.

Studies have shown that living together before the wedding does not give a couple an edge in creating a lasting relationship "

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