Teen Mom star, Leah Messer, has decided to leave husband Corey Simms, the father of her 16-month-old twin daughters whom she married last October. Leah was the only Teen Mom to decide to marry the father of her children and now, sadly, she will be divorced at 17 years old. This is, unforunately, the norm for teen marriages.
According to “Teenage Couples: Caring, Change, and Commitment”, by Jeanne Warren Lindsay:
“More than 60% of teenage marriages fail within 5 years.”
Eleanor H. Ayer’s writes in her book, Teen Marriage, that:
“A girl married at 17 is twice as likely to be divorced as a girl 18 or 19. If a girl waits until she is 25 the chances that her marriage will last are 4 times better.”
Many times teen mothers are encouraged to marry the fathers of their children, in hopes of establishing a home together where the children can be raised under the same roof of both parents. Many times the teen couple is in love and they want to be married before their children come into the world. They love each other, are going to have kids together, so why not go ahead and get married? It seems like the right thing to do and, for some, the biblical thing to do.
But what do YOU think?
Should teenage girls who become pregnant be encouraged to get married so that the children can live in the same home as their father or because it’s the right thing to do? OR should teenage girls wait to get married and not add “premature marriage” on top of “premature parenting?”