Taking a Look at Cohabitation

541 WordsJan 26, 20182 Pages
Cohabitation, as the textbook explains, can have a different deffinition to those who are living this lifestyle. To about 10% of couples, cohabitation is viewed as a substitute for marriage. These people consider themselves married, but don't feel like a marriage certificate is necessarry. 46% of couples feel that cohabitation for them is a step toward marriage. 15% of couples are seeing what being married is like, and 29% of couples who participate in cohabitation view it as co-residential dating. Now, these different views will affect the outcome of whether these couples will get married or not. Those who view their cohabitation lifestyle as marriage are less likely to get married, because to them this is already a marriage. The other three have percentages over 60% to get married. Why? Because they're using cohabitation as a way to practice a lifestyle with someone. They give people the opportunity to feel a marriage out like “How am I going to feel about this person while I'm living with them? Are they going to be someone I can spend days with at a time?”. All those questions get answered through this cohabitation, so marriage is an easy choice. Out of the groups of people I know that are living this cohabitation lifestyle, I can definitely classify them into these four groups. For example, my closest friend, who is a lesbian and unforunately is living in a state that hasn't legalized marriage equality, is living with her partner in a cohabitation lifestyle until
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