: Fewer than 50% of U.S. adults are now married. It’s time to give more legal and financial breaks to single people, law professor says.

by | Oct 9, 2022 | Stock Market

The single supplement doesn’t just apply to cruise ships and hotel rooms. The share of married Americans has fallen to 45%, down from 50% in 2015. At the same time, the share of Americans who are not in a romantic relationship rose to 37% from 32% over the same period.

That’s according to the eighth annual American Family Survey by Deseret News, a publishing company based in Salt Lake City, Utah, and the Center for the Study of Elections and Democracy at Brigham Young University.  The percentage of people who were cohabiting remained steady at 11%; another 7% said they were in a relationship but not cohabiting with their partner (down from 8% in 2015), the survey found. However, people most likely to benefit from state and federal subsidies — joint bankruptcy filings, and tax and immigration laws — live in “traditional” households, typically consisting of a husband, wife and children, Mechele Dickerson, law professor at the University of Texas, Austin, wrote in her recent paper published in Emory Bankruptcy Developments Journal.  “Changes in social mores, the legalization of same-sex marriages, bans on gender discrimination in labor markets, and widening economic inequality make it more likely that today’s households will consist of a multi-generational family, single parents, unmarried partners, childless married couples, and married parents who both earn income in the paid labor market,” Dickerson added.

“‘That’s just not the way American society looks anymore.’”

— Mechele Dickerson, law professor at the University of Texas, Austin

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