Marriage Benefits


Marriage is good for people—for women, for men and for children. Research for the last 30 years continues to find ways in which lifelong marriage positively affects our physical and emotional health, and even our finances.

It would be difficult for a mother and father to give a greater gift to their children than their lifelong marriage. Children living with their married parents are unlikely to live even one year of life in poverty compared to children in unmarried homes. They are also more likely to thrive physically, emotionally, scholastically and socially into adulthood if their parents stay married.

It’s not just good for kids. The physical health and emotional well-being of married men and women is better than that of their unmarried peers. Additionally, married men make more money than single men with similar education and opportunities.

A thriving society and culture depend on stable marriages. As marriage declines in a culture, the state must spend more money to care for children who lose the financial stability of a married home when their parents divorce or were never married. Creativity and growth are lost when marriages fail, as the next generation struggles for psychological, social, educational and financial health and stability.

Strong marriages are at the heart of thriving family and community.

Below you will find some articles about marriage. If you’d like to see a full listing of articles about the benefits of marriage, please check out our quick guide.

Pick of the Week

Mom and Dad: Kids Need Both

Married mothers and fathers contribute uniquely to their children. More than thirty years of social science studies tell us that children do best with a married mother and father, so we know that the intentional deprivation of either is detrimental to a child’s development. read more

Recent News

Wisconsin Supreme Court Recognizes Uniqueness of Marriage

State high court says same-sex domestic partnerships not like marriage.

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Alabama: Silencing Religious Expression Through Courts and Legislatures

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