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When you track the statistics, although it still happens, pregnancy-related marriages are far less common than they used to be. Back in the 1970s, about one out of every three unplanned pregnancies caused the couple to tie the knot. Today, that’s true for only 7%, or less than one out of every 10. This shows that there has been a shift in the way people view being pregnant outside of marriage. It just doesn’t carry the stigma that it once did.

Some of the reasons for this may also be that these marriages are often ill-fated and lead to divorce, and people realize that. One woman said that, upon finding out she was pregnant, it seemed wise to get married. In the end, though, getting married for that reason did not result in a relationship that was strong enough to stand the test of time. She wound up getting divorced while her child was still relatively young.

She said that she recognizes now that, in many ways, that just makes life harder for her child. She knew the marriage was an error almost immediately, and it was a stressful time for the whole family. Splitting up with a child was naturally more complicated than getting divorced without one. She loves her child from that relationship, but hindsight indicates that she made some decisions that were not in her best interests.

Relationships are complicated, as is ending them. If you get divorced, it can help to work with an experienced team who can identify the best steps for you to take.