And that means both financial and emotional stability. "If you can't handle your own problems," Corse said, "how can you take on someone else's? Marriage just doesn't look very appealing."
For her part, Cindy told the researchers she has no plans to marry her current boyfriend. (A second marriage ended in divorce after her husband began to physically abuse both her and her daughter.)
Cindy said she still hopes for a long-term, fulfilling relationship. But, she told the researchers, she is "not optimistic."
The U.S. Census Bureau has more on national marriage trends.
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