Half of today’s 20-year-olds will never marry, striking research reveals. Instead, couples are increasingly choosing to cohabit without ever deciding to commit. A report published today using the latest data from the Office for National Statistics reveals a generational shift away from the institution of marriage, with youngsters far less likely ever to wed than their parents and grandparents.This is a dire warning for Western civilization. There are increasing indications that the West cannot survive without Christianity, and there is almost no chance it can survive without either Christianity or marriage.
The research by the Marriage Foundation shows that, for a variety of reasons, 47 per cent of women and 48 per cent of men aged 20 will never marry. The baby boomer generation – born between the end of the Second World War and the early 1960s – has maintained a healthy level of marriage, with 87 per cent of men and 92 per cent of women having married at some stage.
But subsequent generations are facing a sharp decline in marriage rates. Half of 40-year-olds today are already married, but they are not expected to reach the levels set by their parents.
No-fault divorce has to be eliminated now. Adultery should be criminalized, alimony should be eliminated, and child support payments set to a minimal standard. People worry far too much about the potential costs to divorcees and the children of divorce, but divorce is a female industry and the costs to the never-married and the illegitimate children are considerably higher.