A previous post on this blog talked about how more people, particularly those in the Millennial generation, are choosing to live together either before marriage or even with no plans to marry at all.
However, this trend is just one among many changes in the way our society is viewing marriage. Men in Omaha, in particular, need to be aware of these trends, since they may find that they have a bearing on their legal rights, both as fathers and otherwise.
For instance, many Nebraskans in their 20s and 30s are less likely to get divorced. Moreover, those who are getting married often will sign prenuptial agreements prior to doing so, meaning that for those who do divorce, the division of property may not be a significant issue.
However, the other side to this is that, for both financial and emotional reasons, Millennials are choosing just not to get married at all or, for that matter, getting married later, well after they have established their careers.
This means that, for one, up and coming couples may have more money between them, and, for two, they may be entangled with each other financially while remaining unmarried. For instance, it is not uncommon for a younger unmarried couple to own a home or other assets together.
What this means is that, in the event of breakup, a man may need considerable assistance with dividing up property with a partner to whom he is not married. Doing this can in many respects feel like a high-asset divorce if the man owns a lot of assets and has been with his partner for a number of years. Moreover, as this blog mentioned before a paternity and custody order may need to be entered.