This is in contrast to many families which are founded out of convenience or lack of choice.“The less privileged …are drifting into relationships they did not plan and frequently cannot maintain,” writes Sawhill.Celebrities, as anyone who has ever passed a magazine stand at the checkout knows, are always on the verge of divorcing.
(Photo by Venturelli/Wire Image)LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 29: Amal Clooney arrives at Villandry restaurant after attending International crimes in Syria and Iraq - Chatham House discussion on March 29, 2017 in London, England.
Those who carefully choose their spouses and delay starting a family until they have chosen one, tend to stay married.
Of course, these trends may fade to meaninglessness in the blinding glare of living in the public eye, which, if the reality shows are to be believed, is not very easy on newlyweds.
This is such a big predictor of marital stability that sociologists are not quite sure if richer people have more stable marriage or whether more stable marriages produce better wealth. Clooney, you may have noticed, dated a lot of women before marrying Alamuddin. But the relationships never just slid into marriage because they had nowhere else to go.
Alamuddin and Clooney had only been dating for about a year when they got married, and only about six months before they got engaged.