Marriage figures drop, a ‘warning bell’ raised

Marriage 2NZ Herald 5 May 2014
Our changing modern society is behind the dramatic drop in the number of New Zealanders tying the knot, and getting divorced, relationship experts say.

Statistics NZ figures released today showed 19,237 marriages were registered to resident New Zealanders last year – a figure fewer than 20,000 for the first time in more than 12 years.

Jill Goldson, director of the Family Matters Centre in Auckland, said New Zealand is following similar social trends shown in the UK and US.

Young people are under less pressure to get married in an increasingly secular society where de facto relationships now have the same legal status as marriage when it comes to children and property, she said.

“Social change has changed the meaning of marriage for the current generation,” said Ms Goldson.
http://www.nzherald.co.nz/lifestyle/news/article.cfm?c_id=6&objectid=11249804

Social change drives drop in NZ marriages
Otago Daily Times 6 May 2014
Our changing society is behind the dramatic drop in the number of New Zealanders tying the knot, and getting divorced, relationship experts say.

Statistics New Zealand figures released today showed 19,237 marriages were registered to resident New Zealanders last year – a figure fewer than 20,000 for the first time in more than 12 years.

Jill Goldson, director of the Family Matters Centre in Auckland, said New Zealand is following similar social trends shown in the UK and US.

Young people are under less pressure to get married in an increasingly secular society where de facto relationships now have the same legal status as marriage when it comes to children and property, she said.
http://www.odt.co.nz/news/national/301167/social-change-drives-drop-nz-marriages

 

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