Dr. Seth Meyers, Clinical Psychologist

Dr. Seth Meyers, Clinical Psychologist

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Aretha Franklin Gets Engaged!

As life expectancy grows, we are seeing more couple get married into their 70s, 80s, and even 90s. Aretha Franklin, age 69, is a terrific example that male and female seniors still have the urge to formalize their relationship with a marriage certificate. It’s not a total surprise that older couples would choose to get married as the reasons why people get married have changed over the years.

In the past, getting married was largely to legitimate having children. Yet according to a 2005 statistic, only 41% of married couples had children. This shows that more and more couples are choosing to get married and to not have children. Because fertility now plays less of a role in marriage, it’s not surprising that older couples are getting married more than ever.

Does it make sense? If people marry for love, it makes sense. But couples should be careful when tying the knot about finances. Wills should be drawn up, discussed with existing family members, and should not be made impulsively!

No comments: