More and more “millennials” are cohabiting before getting married to one another. In fact, cohabitation among millennials has gone up six-fold from the previous generation, contributing to a decline marriage and divorce rates. Living together has become the path to getting married, and many couples in Nebraska and across the nation are even buying houses together, demonstrating the economic stability they are seeking before marriage.

Millennials are changing the face of both marriage and divorce. Waiting longer to get married, many Omaha residents along with their counterparts across the country want to lower financial stress in the form of student debts before tying the knot. The U.S. Census Bureau reports that the median age for fist marriages is at 27 for women and 29 for men. Not only are millennials trying to gain financial success before tying the knot, they are also trying to ensure they are marrying the right person.

A number of millennials are the offspring of separated or divorced parents, which is why they are taking their time to settle down. They fear breakup and want to avoid unstable marriages. Millennials also want to protect their financial interests, which is why they no longer are affected by the stigma of prenuptial agreements — known as premarital agreements in Nebraska. They are much more likely to enter into a prenuptial agreement before getting married than earlier generations were.

Not all marriages last a lifetime. There are a number of family law issues that have to be address during divorce proceedings and an experienced attorney can help those going through a divorce determine the best way forward.