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Future of Marriage: Is Traditional Matrimony Going Out of Style?

Future of Marriage: Is Traditional Matrimony Going Out of Style?

Future of marriage: Is traditional matrimony going out of style?
Businesswoman Dimitra Hengen of Alexandria, Va., has no desire to remarry after divorcing her husband of 18 years. She is among a growing number of Americans who no longer see marriage as necessary to their happiness.

For Washington-area lawyers Melissa Jurgens and Jim Reed, their four years of marriage has meant greater happiness and stability than they have ever known.

“After I married Jim, I had someone I could talk to all the time and who could support me in ways that my friends, as wonderful as they are, just can't,” Jurgens says. “He's more than a friend: He's committed to me, like I am to him, and ...

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