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Monthly Archives: April 2013

Many Couples Tackle Mortgage Before Marriage

Many couples are purchasing their first home together before tying the knot, according to new research released last week. 

Approximately 25 percent of couples aged 18 to 34 are opting to purchase their first home before getting married, compared with 14 percent of married couples aged 45 and older according to a recent Coldwell Banker Real Estate survey. 

According to data collected, 80 percent of couples said a home purchased strengthened their bond more than any other purchase they had made. 

Coupled with recent information from the Centers for Disease Control, the trend of cohabitating before marriage has been quantified. The CDC data showed that from 2006 through 2010, 48 percent of women in the United States between the ages of 15 to 44 said they cohabitated with a romantic partner without walking down the aisle. 

The survey collected data from 2,116 adults from March 8-12, 2013. 

The implications of buying a home before legally marrying could have serious ramifications, however. Buying a house together can give you equal ownership, but not joint ownership of the property, meaning that if one of the pair dies, their share of the property would get passed onto any heirs of theirs and not the significant other. 

Other issues arise if the couple splits and doesn't get married as well. Then they both own a property with someone they do not want to be with anymore and they have to agree what they will do with it. 

If you are considering getting married, you may want to discuss your situation with a St. Louis family lawyer to make sure your bases are covered. Call today for your free, initial consultation.

Happy Newlyweds May Gain More In First Years Of Wedded Bliss

A new study suggests newlyweds who are happy may have a lot of things going for them, but unfortunately keeping their weight under control may not be one of them. 

The study conducted by researchers at Southern Methodist University in Dallas found those satisfied with their marriage gain weight in the first years after tying the knot, which can put them at an increased risk for many health problems. 

Lead researcher and assistant professor Andrea L. Meltzer said the findings challenge the long-held belief that good marriages are always beneficial to the health of those involved.

Researchers looked at 169 newlywed couples and both their marital satisfaction and weight were tracked throughout four years. They found that on average, males and females both gained one tenth of a BMI unit every six months. 

Meltzer suggests that those who were unhappy may be considering divorce and being single so they may watch their weight more closely.

"On average, spouses who were more satisfied with their marriage were less likely to consider leaving their marriage, and they gained more weight over time," said Meltzer. "In contrast, couples who were less satisfied in their relationship tended to gain less weight over time."

The findings were titled "Marital Satisfaction Predicts Weight Gain In Early Marriage" and was published in Health Psychology online. 

If you are considering a change in marital status, it is important to speak with a St. Louis family attorney who can help you explore your options. Call today for your free, initial consultation.

Majority Of Women Cohabitate Before Age 30

The majority of women have lived with a partner without being married by age 30 according to a new survey released this week. 

According to researchers at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 40 percent of unmarried partners continued on to marriage within three years. The report studied survey of more than 12,000 women between the ages of 15 and 44. Researchers also found that about 33 percent of those partnerships continued to stay together without marrying and another 27 percent saw their relationships break up. 

According to the report, more people are putting off marriage due to finances or because they view it as financially risky. Forty-eight percent of women surveyed lived with a partner as a first union, which is a 14 percent increase since 1995. Only 23 percent of first unions were marriages compared with 39 percent in 1995. 

Education played a role in the likelihood a woman would live with a partner before marriage. Nearly 70 percent of women without a high school diploma lived with a partner as their first union compared with 47 percent of women with bachelor's degrees. Women who didn't graduate high school were less likely to marry within three years compared with those who graduated high school. 

Also 20 percent of women became pregnant in the first year of living with a partner and only five percent of college-educated women got pregnant within that time period. 

If you would like to review more of the researchers' findings, check out the report on the CDC site. 

If you are in need of a Missouri family lawyer, give our office a call today for your free, initial consultation.

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