Marriages that resulted from teenage dating

How can we support marriage and stop the rising age of marriage?

Societal attitudes will have to change, but that starts with individuals deciding to date in ways that will honor their future spouse and marriage.

However, most do not realize that those who live together with just one partner other than the one they marry may increase their risk of divorce by 15 percent.

The point is that one's attitude toward marriage during the dating years will affect relationship practices.

For instance, waiting to get married often leads to more premarital sex, premarital cohabitation, and premarital births, which are all associated with higher rates of marital instability.

As scripture says in what is both an encouragement and a warning, "You reap what you sow." A sobering example of this was found in the research on women by Jay Teachman from Western Washington University.

However, the accumulation of his highly accelerated and sexually charged relationships had left him feeling empty and alone.

After several months of exploring his past relationship patterns he decided to delay sexual involvement until he married and to build more serious friendships and romantic relationships with his goal of having a fulfilling marriage on his horizon.

I explained that we did not want to become "established" and then get married; we wanted to go through that adventure together.

We married the summer before my senior year with little money, a tiny apartment, and endless dreams of our future.

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