Unplanned Pregnancy and Marriage

When a marriage results from an unplanned pregnancy, the couple faces all the hurdles of any new marriages as well as the arrival of a baby within a year of going down the aisle.
Many individuals want marriage at some point in their life. Studies show there are many benefits to marriage. According to research, people who are married typically are happier, healthier, and wealthier. They are better equipped to cope with major life crises such as severe illness, job loss, or the responsibilities of caring for a sick child. Married people are also far less likely to be poor.

When thinking about a forced marriage, however, it is important to take into account the positives as well as the challenges of marriages.

According to the University of Michigan’s Monitoring the Future Survey, the vast majority of high school seniors (82% of senior girls and 70% of senior boys) agree that a good marriage is extremely important to them and disapprove of divorce. Social psychologist, Dr. Susan Boone, claims that happy marriages are based on a deep friendship, knowing each other well, and having mutual respect.

Sadly, many marriages still end in divorce and statistics suggest marriages that occur as a result of an unplanned pregnancy have a 90% divorce rate within six years of getting married. When a couple begins a marriage with the added responsibility of raising a child, things become very stressful. Children demand an incredible amount of time and energy from their parents, time that the couple needs to build a healthy mature relationship.

They should consider whether they would marry if pregnancy were not a factor.

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