New research carried out for the Marriage Foundation think-tank showed that marrying before starting a family was a major factor in keeping parents together. More than three-quarters of couples who were wed before their first child were still together 15 years later. But more than half of those who produced a baby before marrying have split up.
The UK study, based on 1,783 mothers with teenage children, found that 76 per cent of mothers who married before becoming a parent were still with the father when the child was 14 or 15 years old.
By contrast, of those who married after the birth of their first baby, only 44 per cent were still with their husband when their first-born reached the age of 14 or 15.
Along with whether the woman had a degree or not, the age of couples did not affect their chances of staying together. It seems that as long as they make a plan for their future and marry before starting a family, they have a really good chance of making their relationship last. Source: Daily Mail.
Just before my 19th birthday, my son came into this world.
After two more children, he had a vasectomy, and I had three tiny babes by the age of 23 years. With my marriage vow made in front of God firmly in mind, I weathered every storm ahead. During our struggles with money, personality and his depression which later led to bipolar, I supported him and we stayed together for 27 years, by which time my children had left home and he'd found another shoulder to cry on.
So many couples nowadays say they're giving their union a try before they take the step to marry. Or they give the excuse that they can marry any time, or that it's just a piece of paper and means nothing. However, I can attest to the strength of the marriage vow.