In the majority of Russian families, the husband is 4-6 years older than his wife but the age difference of more than 10 years is still acceptable by most Russians (for example, the lead singer of the popular Russian band Mumiy Troll is sixteen years older than his young wife).
The Russian tradition, according to which a young woman had to get married as early as possible traces its roots to the distant past.
The members of the Russian family closely communicate with each other and frequently get together, especially on such family occasions as birthdays and anniversaries.
Just like in any family, there might be misunderstandings and even quarrels among family members, however one thing is certain: Russians cherish their families and are always ready to help their relatives in difficult times.
A civil union is a relationship where a man and a woman live together and share household expenses without officially registering a marriage.
Civil union is a great opportunity for the young couple to test their feelings and make sure they are ready for a family life together.
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.
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.
However, that is not a requirement and each family finds their own ways to address their in-laws.
The birth of children means that one of the spouses will be forced to temporarily leave work.
Other couples rent an apartment paying monthly rent to the landlord.