For many, an important marker of adulthood is forming a family—whether having a child, getting married, or cohabiting with a romantic partner. The past twenty years have seen increasing delays in the age at first birth among women and men (FP-11-04) and age at first marriage (FP-09-03) as well as increases in the proportion of young adults who have ever cohabited or are currently cohabiting (FP-10-07). This profile examines these family formation experiences throughout young adulthood.
Payne, Krista, "FP-11-08 On the Road to Adulthood: Forming Families" (2011). National Center for Family and Marriage Research Family Profiles. 12.