The Negative Effects Of Cohabitation

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Shufen Lei
Richard Brown
English 1101-40
25 October 2015
The Negative Effects of Cohabitation
“Americans often talk as if marriage were a private, personal relationship. But when two people live together for their own strictly private reasons, and carve out their own, strictly private bargain about the relationship, we call that relationship not marriage but Cohabitation.” (Waite 1) Cohabitation is becoming increasingly common and is a growing trend in America. According to the latest Census Bureau, couples living together outside of marriage has reached an all-time high, almost eight times as many as in 1970. Most believe that cohabitation is a way to experience the pre-marriage life. And it is true. Majority of the people who chose to cohabitated chose to cohabit first rather than marry directly. Recent figures show that the majority people cohabited consisted of two-thirds of young adult men and women. Most of the cohabitations are temporary. They typically last about a year or a little more and then either disintegrate into marriages or dissolve. According to Linda J. Waite, cohabitation is not long-term alternative for marriage. It remained in the courtship process or a temporary expediency, not a stable social living arrangement. Cohabitation is unsettled, and does not require any legal joint residency. It is not a lifetime commitment. In fact, many couples chose to cohabitate because it required no formal restraints or responsibilities.
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