Characteristics Of Couples Living Together Before Marriage

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Some statistics say a couple who does not live together before getting married has a 20 percent chance of being divorced within five years. Couples living together prior to marriage increase to 49 percent. Realistically though, more people practice cohabitation, the percentage may be higher for the people who separate instead of getting a divorce, and may skew the statistics. If the couple chooses to live together as an alternative to being married like the statistics show that the relationship will break up within five years is 49 percent (Redmond, “Divorce Statistics…”). In 1995 premarital cohabitation became the normal thing to do. Fifty-six percent of women who got married in the early 1990’s cohabited before marriage (Waite 3.) So the …show more content…
These couples are sharing a relationship and a life regardless if they are living together. Besides the fact that there is not a piece of paper that says you are legally married, there are not many differences. When divorcing spouses divide their property they have legally bound methods to take care it. As for the couple that chose cohabitation, they have to divide the property themselves which may lead to disputes. If a married couple has kids involved in the divorce, normally the judge decides who goes where. The father of a child born to unmarried cohabitants is not entitled to a legal presumption of paternity, and may have to establish his paternity through blood sample and a legal action. If one spouse of the married couple falls ill or incompetent the other spouse can make decisions about their sick spouses health. Unmarried couples, no matter how close they are to each other, their partner cannot make any decisions about their heath unless the power of attorney or health care power of attorney gives authority to the other partner. If one spouse passes away, the other has the legal right to inherit part of their deceased spouse’s estate. When one cohabitant dies, that property will pass to the person on the will, or if there is no will, to family members according to state laws. The partner has no right to the estate unless their name was on …show more content…
It really depends on the couple and how they want to live their lives together realistically. Couples that live together before getting married do not necessarily have an unbelief in marriage. There could be barriers keeping them from getting married. Some couples cannot afford a wedding, or they may be ready to get married, but they are trying to save money by living in one place while they save enough for a wedding. They also might want to get to know how their partner behaves when they are not together before spending the rest of their lives together. The concept that living together before marriage increases your chances of having a happy marriage later, could be a misunderstanding because every couple is different. If the couple is practicing abstinence, they can still live together and not have sex until they are married. Some couples may feel forced to wait to move in together until after marriage because of their religion or their parents want them to be in the relationship longer. Maybe they want to keep the mystery in their relationship until they are married, or wanting to keep their individuality as well as their “freedom” for as long as possible. Some might want to keep their lives separate,

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