Many people in New Jersey and all over the country are making decisions not to get married, even when they have children. In fact, the marriage rate in the U.S. is currently at a record low. One reason behind this trend may be the fact that so many people in their 20s and 30s grew up with divorced parents, so they choose not to marry in order to avoid going through another divorce. A recent news report suggests, however, that if couples are going to have children, it may be better to marry and divorce than to never marry at all.
Many unmarried parents find that when they choose to breakup, they have few legal protections. Divorce law in New Jersey attempts to make possible the fair and equitable dissolution of marriage, and as such there are legal processes in place to determine child custody and support, property division and spousal support in the event of divorce. Because the same processes are not available to unmarried couples, in many cases a breakup can be more complicated and less fair than a divorce.