GOVERNMENT AND MARRIAGE 4
The state should have interests in promoting marriage becausemarriage secures the welfare of children. Children brought up infamilies where parents are married, are more likely to be happierthan their counterparts from broken homes are. Children raised bysingle parents are more likely to suffer financially andpsychologically as well. Since the government’s priority is toprotect the vulnerable in the society, including children, it will goto greater lengths to safeguard their safety, even if it meansencouraging marriage.
According to Casper and Bianchi (2002), households headed by motherswere more likely to suffer financial constraints, in comparison tothose headed by fathers or both parents. Single motherhood is usuallya result of bearing children out of wedlock. In most instances,fathers of children born out wedlock are irresponsible and theycontribute very little to the care of the children. In this regard,the government spends more money supporting poor single parents. Inmost cases, single parents make up the bulk of those experiencingpoverty. It therefore does not come as a surprise when the governmentsupports marriage, because then it will spend less on food stamps.
Marriage also increases the spending power of people therebyimproving the economy. For instance, during bachelorhood, many peoplecan barely afford houses in the USA. However, after marriage, theyare able to combine their resources and assume property that wasformerly out of their reach. Married couples can also invest inbusiness ventures that will give the government more money in theform of tax. Through marriage, the economy is able to flourish to theadvantage of the government and its people.
Traditionally, the family unit has been a significant part of thesociety. A majority of the society still thinks that people should beencouraged to stay married. Since governments are always poised toadvance the interests of the people they govern, it is only naturalfor governments to encourage marriages. In most cases, governmentsare a reflection of the people they represent because all theofficials in government are drawn from the society. A notion that isheld in high regard in the society is likely to be important in thegovernment too because the government is a reflection of the society.
Following the interests that the government in supporting marriage,it has created several bottlenecks in the process of divorce. Themajor hurdle to divorce is legal fees. In addition, family courtscharge an arm and a leg to render their services. The process is alsotedious and emotionally draining to say the least. The family courtprocess is discouraging especially to the people who are notconversant with law procedures. The entire process of finalizingdivorce to the point that property is shared is very time-consuming.These bottlenecks explain why some people opt to remain separatedinstead of getting legally divorced. In most instances, divorceremains the last resort to marriages that are not working. Inaddition, the government has instituted incentives aimed at peoplewho married such as retirement benefits in the event of death.
In conclusion, the government has interests in marriage hence thereason for supporting it. Among the interests are economic growth,upholding family values, and securing the welfare of children. It isfor this reason that the local and national governments tend toencourage people to remain married through making divorce a tediousprocess, and instituting benefits for people who are married.
Casper, L. M., & Bianchi, S. M. (2002). Continuity and changein the American family. New York: Sage Publications