The world is changing ,it has reached to industrial society from pre-industrial societies. The advancement in technology ,urbanization ,industrialization ,law and education is leading to change in patterns of marriage throughout the world.
The following are the changing patterns of marriage experienced in many Nepalese societies and somewhere in the world too.
- Change in the form of marriage:
Due to the advancement and development, the traditional form of marriage are not practiced (Polygamy,Polyandry) or strictly prohibited. Peoples are giving priority to monogamous marriages as they have lots of advantages and is universally practiced.
2. Change in the economic role of women:
In earlier societies women do not have much economic role as they were dependent in their families .But ,today women have achieved a great economic independence ie; they have become property owners ,got a qualitative education, become leaders leading to change in the pattern of marriage.
3. Change in the age of marriage:
In earlier societies, there was no so much laws, rules and regulations which lead to child marriage as there was no particular age for marriage. But today child marriage was completely forbidden by law and a boy below 21 years and a girl below 18 years cannot marry without their parent ‘s consent.
Nowadays , we can see lots of case of divorce leading to remarriage. Males seem to remarry more often as compared to the females and widower or divorced men often marry women considerably younger than they are.
5. Delayed Marriage:
Nowadays ,people do not become hurry for marriage. Firstly, they want to get good education and want to make their career good, then only they think of marriage. In earlier societies , women were exoected to marry after completing their high school but nowadays womens are exploring themselves.Because of this people generally marry late.
A compared to earlier societies,nowadays people seem to very practical regarding the issue of marriage . Cohabition is an situation or we can say contract in which a couple live together involving in emotional as well as sexual intimate relationship without officially getting married. If they are compatible with each other they will get married in future and if not compatible they will not. For eg: Living relationship.