Staying Married for the Right Reasons?

By Robin Roshkind, Esquire, West Palm Beach, Florida

In the good ole days, (the fifties and sixties) the majority of couples used to fall in love, get married,then have sex and ultimately children.  The “normal” marriage age was around 21 years old, after the boys came back from war or graduated from college and could afford to support a wife and a family.  Fast forward to 2013, where 40 is the new 20.  There are all sorts of reasons couples get married or stay married today.  Love may not one of them.

Here are our modern day legal reasons to get married or to stay married: for a nice lifestyle and financial security; for marital rights to an inheritance; for marital rights to have health insurance coverage; for immigration reasons and a green card sponsorship by the American husband or the American wife; for companionship and the concept of growing old together…translation: someone to take care of you in your old age.  Last, but not least, taxes!

It is common knowledge that men trade love for sex and women trade sex for financial support.  But the good news is that is all changing, as the reasons to marry or stay married are expanding.  Legally speaking, of course.  When you sit down to think about it, marriage laws served their purpose in the good ole days.  Marriage laws still provide the shield, but they also provide the sword.  For more information about marriage and divorce, call one of the divorce lawyers at ROBIN ROSHKIND, P.A. at 561 835 9091 or click on the Firm’s web site at


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