Divorce rates have been steadily declining since their peak in the late 1970s and early 1980s. Even at their peak in the US, divorce rates never exceeded 40%. Now they’re considerably lower. A couple that gets married today has a better chance of staying together than a couple that got married thirty years ago.
Marriage has a lot of legal and financial benefits that can’t be attained otherwise (or, in some cases, can be attained but aren’t easy to attain). Those benefits include tax breaks, sharing health insurance, inheritance rights, and a lot more. Basically, it makes you legal next of kin. While it’s not strictly necessary, it sure does help when you want to visit your partner in the hospital, make medical decisions for them, and inherit their stuff if they die.
Have you ever wondered why the LGBTQ community has fought so hard for the right to marry? It’s the legal benefits. Check out the documentary ‘Bridegroom’ for a serious look on why marriage matters for people. It’s unreal.