Define contemporary dating
The meaning of the family in Russia is not limited to the husband, wife and children.
It stretches to include grandparents, aunts and uncles, brothers, sisters, nephews and nieces.
After divorce, the father helps support his children till they turn 18 years old—the age when a child is considered and adult in Russia.
The amount of child support that the father pays is 25% of wages for one child, 1/3 of wages for two children, or half of wages for three children.
Just a few decades ago, it was very common among Russians to play the wedding at an early age.
Such views on life preserved in Russia until the end of the twentieth century when marriages at the age of 18-20 were still common.
Nowadays the majority of young men and women in Russia prefer not to rush to marriage and such trend has gained popularity: prior to marriage, the future spouses strive to receive good education, find a decent job and achieve the first successes in their careers.
By the time of marriage and the birth of children, the young families have their lives arranged and are able to support themselves financially.
Civil unions have been gaining popularity in Russia lately.
A civil union is a relationship where a man and a woman live together and share household expenses without officially registering a marriage.