Marriage or Cohabitation

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Marriage Versus Cohabitation

The purpose of this essay is to compare and contrast marriage and living together.

Marriage refers to a social institution, relationship, intimate, a legal or religious ceremony, where a man and a woman agree to live together as a married couple. From a legal perspective, marriage is a contract that binds two parties that is recognized by the government, and it can only be dissolved through divorce.

Living together is also referred to the notion of cohabitation. This where individuals of different sexes engage in a let us come together union without any binding decision to stay together as husband and wife. Obligations and rights of each partner that are founded on original intentions guide the agreement. The cohabitation agreement is not legally enforceable.

Marriage involves a legal and binding contract between two people that includes health care benefits and tax benefits. Cohabitation does not require a legal contract and does not include such benefits.

A majority of today’s marriages evolve through cohabitation before maturing into a wedding. The idea of living together before being married is on the rise since young adults think that it is beneficial to understand each other, and establish if they can get along together. Beliefs that living together will improve the quality of a marriage are false. It is established that living together does not improve stability in marriage or increase satisfaction. Compared to marriage, living together creates disadvantages for couples, children and individuals.

Marriage identifies the legal parent of a child and this creates some form of responsibility for the children by each spouse. It is easier to walk away and fail to support the children when relationships do not work out if people are living together than when they are married. Paternity of children…...

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