Posted by ESC on February 12, 2002
STARTER MARRIAGE -- "…a brief, training-wheels union that she says is becoming an unfortunate phenomenon within her generation. Some of her contemporaries, she says, spent more time planning their weddings than they did being married. She defines the starter marriage as one that lasts no more than five years, produces no children and ends by the time the couple are in their early 30s." Courier-Journal, Louisville, Ky., Feb. 12, 2002, article on "The Starter Marriage and the Future of Matrimony," a book by "social demographer" Pamela Paul.
This phrase must be taken from the phrase "starter home." People purchase a modest home at first and, with luck and good fortune, are able to "trade up" to a more expensive house later.