Americans believe that love is the main foundation of marriage. Most who never have been married say they would like to be at some point in their lives. Census Bureau statistics. Men and women are equally likely to say love is a very important reason to get married. But love only goes so far.
Cambodia sets marriage age limit for foreign husbands
Abuse in Intimate Relationships
The institution of marriage has undergone significant changes in recent decades as women have outpaced men in education and earnings growth. These unequal gains have been accompanied by gender role reversals in both the spousal characteristics and the economic benefits of marriage. A larger share of men in , compared with their counterparts, are married to women whose education and income exceed their own, according to a Pew Research Center analysis of demographic and economic trend data. A larger share of women are married to men with less education and income.
Cambodia has imposed a partial ban on foreign men marrying local women - would-be bridegrooms will now have to be less than 50 years old. The government says it is trying to prevent exploitation - and promote true love and what it calls "honest marriages". But there has been a mixed reaction to the ruling. The ban does not affect foreign women - or Cambodian men. Some participants in mixed marriages have said the ban is discriminatory.
Ideally such relationships are loving and supportive, protective of and safe for each member of the couple. In extreme cases, abusive behavior ends in the death of one or both partners, and, sometimes, other people as well. Non-lethal abuse may end when a relationship ends. Frequently, however, abuse continues or worsens once a relationship is over. This can happen whether the relationship is ended by just one of the partners or, seemingly, by mutual consent.