Who knew that success in marriage would be largely defined by wealth? It's
hardly a new concept in our day and age, but statistically, with the wealth
gap and income inequality getting much, much worse in our nation, we're
seeing a proportional statistic regarding whether or not couples stay
married. Better yet, it seems couples these days are not getting married
at all! They're completely foregoing the American institution altogether.
Why? Because of money.
We're seeing a decline of marriages while non-married families and
single parents grow in our nation due to income inequality. The lower-middle
class, these days, can't seem to invest in a household along with
the futures of their children, hence marriages don't seem to last
– or ever start, for that matter. This poses no surprise when hearing
the adage that families with much more wealth tend to survive and end
up successful with stability whereas the lesser-wealth families do not.
Why does it have to be all about money, though? Quite frankly, marriage
is costly. Childrearing is costly. Put those two together, and you have
two parents working hard to make those hard-to-meet ends actually meet,
whereas possibly separating might be a better financial option (possibly).
That, however, often wouldn't be the
best option due to the cost of attorneys, experts, and court fees, so quite
often parents will forego any decision to marry at all and simply live
in a household, tending to their children.
This isn't an editorial, though, on whether or not that's morally
right or acceptable. It just happens to be the trend these days, often
fueled by paychecks, 401ks, or the lack thereof. Whatever the case, we
can expect that the more the gap between the upper class and middle class
widens, the less we can expect churches to manage ceremonies for brides
and grooms all over the U.S.