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Pros and Cons of Marriage and Cohabitation

Jan 31, 2023 08:00AM ● By Anand Subramanian

Marriage and cohabitation relationships have been a topic of discussion for decades. While marriage has traditionally been the norm in most cultures, cohabitation has become increasingly popular in recent years. In this article, we will explore the pros and cons of both types of relationships and examine the reasons for their popularity.

Marriage is a legally binding union between two people that the government recognizes. It is often considered a formal and traditional way to commit to a relationship. The benefits of marriage include legal rights and protections, such as inheritance, property ownership, and healthcare decision-making. Additionally, marriage can provide stability and security for both partners. Studies have shown that married couples tend to have better physical and mental health, and they also tend to live longer.

However, marriage also has its downsides. One of the biggest cons is the high divorce rate. According to the American Psychological Association, the divorce rate in the United States is around 40-50%. This can lead to emotional distress and financial strain for both partners. Additionally, marriage can also be restrictive and limit personal freedom. Some couples may feel constrained by the expectations and obligations that come with marriage.

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Co-habitation, on the other hand, is a type of relationship in which two people live together without being married. It has become increasingly popular in recent years, particularly among younger generations. The benefits of cohabitation include more flexibility and freedom and the ability to test the waters before committing to marriage. Co-habitation can also be less expensive than marriage, as there are no legal fees or costs associated with getting married.

However, cohabitation also has its downsides. One major disadvantage is that cohabiting couples do not have the same legal rights and protections as married couples. For example, if one partner dies or becomes incapacitated, the other partner may not have the legal authority to make healthcare decisions or inherit property. Also, cohabitation can be less stable than marriage, as it is often easier to end the relationship.

The popularity of marriage and cohabitation can be attributed to various factors. One major factor is the changing cultural attitudes towards relationships. In the past, marriage was seen as a necessity, but today, many people view it as an optional choice. Additionally, the rise of cohabitation can also be attributed to women's increased financial and social independence, as well as the changing attitudes towards premarital sex.

Ultimately, the choice between marriage and cohabitation is a personal one that should be based on individual preferences and circumstances.

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 Anand Subramanian is a freelance photographer and content writer based out of Tamil Nadu, India. Having a background in Engineering always made him curious about life on the other side of the spectrum. He leapt forward towards the Photography life and never looked back. Specializing in Documentary and  Portrait photography gave him an up-close and personal view into the complexities of human beings and those experiences helped him branch out from visual to words. Today he is mentoring passionate photographers and writing about the different dimensions of the art world.

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