Glossary of Key Terms

Romantic Individualism- focusing on the individual, independence, and self-reliance within a relationship

Danger Zone- the age of highest risk for divorce, teens to low 20’s

Dissolution- breakdown of a relationship or marriage

Infidelity- being physically or emotionally unfaithful to your partner

Religiosity- the level to which someone participates in religion with belief and action

Cohabitation- state of living together before marriage

Denomination- specific branch of a religious group

Gray Divorce Revolution- recent surge of divorce rates in couples over 50 years old

Arranged Marriage- planned for a reason other than the free choice of two romantically involved individuals

Marriage of Choice- planned because two individuals freely choose their romantic partner