Marriage » Cohabitation Marriage- Marriage Counseling, Same Sex Marriage, Marriage License, Common Law, Vital Records Tue, 15 Nov 2016 16:06:17 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Cohabitation Fri, 03 Apr 2015 14:00:44 +0000

Cohabitation is described as a romantically involved couple that lives together, in the absence of a legally recognized commitment such as marriage and prenuptial marriage agreements

Reasons For:
Couples choose to take part in cohabitation for varying reasons. First, the statistics for marriage indicate a large incidence and huge continuing increase of divorce.

Governing Laws:
Each state has its own laws regarding the recognition of relationships between cohabiting couples. Some states offer no legal recognition of those relationships or the rights and responsibilities associated with it. In addition, some states will only recognize cohabitation if the couple enters into a written agreement that dictates individual rights and responsibilities. Cohabitation agreementscommon law marriages

Many religions oppose cohabitation on moral grounds. In fact, there are many that forbid church members from being in a cohabiting relationship in the absence of marriage. Some churches will not allow couples that cohabit to be church members or take part in services. In addition many members of society feel that cohabitation couples should not raise children in the absence of marriage. In fact, the stability provided by marriage is supposed to be very beneficial to children. While there are many children being raised by non married parents, studies suggest that children benefit greatly when their parents are in a happy marriage.
Also, couples that cohabit often have issues that related to not having their relationship legally recognized. Even with cohabitation agreements in place, the couple may experience legal and financial difficulties as a result of separation or in the event that a partner becomes ill or dies. If the couples has children, inheritance rights can be questioned and denied in the absence of a marriage or a cohabitation agreement. In fact, judges can also sometimes explicitly deny enforcement of all clauses within a cohabitation agreement. Couples that do not have an agreement in place can suffer consequences both during the relationship and in the event that it ends. Also, women that cohabit in the absence of marriage, suffer from higher rates of depression and health problems, than those that are married.

Couples that choose cohabitation will find many benefits as a result of their decision. For one thing, couples that live together can save a lot of money. For couples that maintain separate households, the financial expenditures that result, are often double those of couples that cohabit. For example, mortgage, rent, utility and food bills can be paid jointly by couples that cohabit. In addition, maintaining separate households also means that partners must do all household chores individually, which takes up twice the time if couples continue to live separately. 
When couples live together, they can share household responsibilities and both partners generally contribute to all of the bills that result from maintaining the household. In addition, many couples are having children in the absence of marriage, and those couples find it is beneficial to raise the child in the same household. For example, a child that lives in a household with non married parents will have consistent access to both parents and enjoy the benefits of living in one house, as opposed to two.

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What are the Negatives of Cohabitation? Fri, 03 Apr 2015 14:00:44 +0000

Couples that choose cohabitation before marriage, may experience many negative results as result of that decision. In fact, studies suggest that women's mental health is adversely effected by cohabitation before marriagedivorcecohabitation agreementcohabitation Couples that enter into a non marital cohabitation agreement, can protect some property rights. In fact, agreements often protect both partners' assets and property in the event of separation of the death of a partner. Non marital cohabitation agreements can also protect both partners from becoming responsible for the other partner's debt. In addition, agreements can help to protect the rights of any children

Couples that choose cohabitation as an alternative to marriage, must consider each partners rights and responsibilities. In fact, couples should give serious consideration to a non marital cohabitation agreement. The agreements can help to protect couples in the event of a separation, either by splitting up or in the event that one partner dies. In the absence of an agreement, partners may find that they are not entitled to property and assets should a partner leave or die. In addition, couples that choose to separate may find that one partner is legally entitled to all property and assets because the law does not recognize the relationship.

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