As the younger generation matures, they are facing the same types of problems as generations before them. Relationships, marriage, family and divorce — younger families experience the same facts of life, although they tend to imprint their own generational approach to common problems.
Millennials, or those people born roughly between 1980 through the year 2000, are now reaching their thirties and some who have married are realizing that the marriage isn’t working out. During a divorce, they face the same questions about custody, support payments and property division. Given all this, are millennials really all that different from other generations?
The millennial stereotype
The millennial stereotype is that they don’t value marriage or traditions. Millennials are purported to be less loyal than previous generations. Some experts believe that this stereotype is actually a misperception, and that they show loyalty in different ways. Furthermore, younger people tend to see divorce as less of a bitter end and more of a chance to renew one’s life. Since millennials have less accumulated assets, there is often less to fight about during a breakup.
Although millennials do marry less than their progenitors, with one Pew research study showing that only 26 percent of this age group are married, they do tend to take marriage seriously. Divorce rates now are the lowest than they have been since the 1980s. Some lawyers that work with these individuals have noted that they are more work and career oriented, and are more educated than other groups. Some sources indicate that the younger generation is more tolerant of diversity in a relationship and value communication between partners.
A few tips from the experts
Some experts have used their experience with family law and with younger clients to develop some tips that could potentially be useful for younger individuals facing divorce. One recommendation is to see the prenuptial agreement as part of a necessary communication that can enhance the marriage and the futures of the people who participate in it. Prenuptial agreements help each partner have a clear idea of what the expectations are going into a marriage. Informing yourself about family law issues in your home state of Wisconsin, for instance, can be another way of coming to the table informed and ready to communicate, and aware of the rules surrounding custody, support, and assets. Lastly, for those who choose the cohabitation route, a cohabitation agreement may be a helpful document.