Canadian dating traditions

Teens who marry face a marriage dissolution risk that is almost double that of individuals who marry between the ages of 25 and 29, and people who wait until their mid-30s or later who have a 43 per cent lower risk.

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Married couples are still the predominant family structure.

However, between 20, the number of common-law couples rose 51.4 per cent, which is more than five times the increase for married couples over the same period.

Marriage ceremonies are performed either by clergy during a religious ceremony or during a civil ceremony.

At the beginning of the 21st century, 76 per cent of marriage ceremonies were religious.

Since the 1960s, marriage in Canada has undergone profound changes.

The baby-boom period (1946 to 1965) was a time when couples married relatively young and by current standards had large families.

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Marriage remains one of the most important social institutions in Canada, but overall the marriage rate is declining and the traditional portrait of a family is being transformed.

This was higher than the 1960s and 1970s, when people married at younger ages — for example, in 1972 the average age was 23.0 years for women and 25.4 years for men.

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