It used to be most couples got married and some before having kids but now you see a lot of people not getting married at all or getting married after having a kid
has the societal need for marriage before kids kind of gone now
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Honestly I doubt the people having kids without being married were intending on that. I think those people were just being careless and chose not to get an abortion for personal reasons. Some couples marry after having a kid for the sake of the child really.
The need for marriage has gone down due how much the system has been exploited. In this case, it was mostly women exploiting the system. This doesn't mean women are bad or anything, it just means these guys got stuck with the bad apples who used the courts to profit off of them and leave them in really bad financial situations while they profit at their expense without any conscience to it. There are cases of men exploiting women financially, but it's nowhere near as common as women are usually hypergamous when it comes to marrying a man. You can tell because they'll act extremely offended in cases where the guy won't marry without a prenup.
Divorces are insanely ugly and a lot of people growing up in divorced households see the issues that arise. I grew up and my parents got divorced but luckily it was far more civil and they went through mediation. When I see divorces like what my stepdad went through it was ugly. It wasn't the yelling fighting kind (at least from what I saw) but it was one all about the money. The ex-wife would revise small lines in the divorce papers just to force it to go back into a review and this was done to drag the process out so she can remain legally married to him thus collect more money from him. Long story.
It's around the age of 25 that dating changes for a lot of people. During the college days people focus on studies and such, but when people start living on their own and having careers people look at many things when dating that they never looked at when they were younger. They start looking at thins like yearly income, living conditions, etc.0