Living Together Without Getting Married Is the ‘New’ Norm! Find Out Why!
There are many benefits of marriage; however, millennials are opting out and choosing cohabitation over tying the knot. To some, marriage is the ultimate statement of commitment. The joining of two families and the ability to publicly express one another’s love for each other are often considered to be the most rewarding aspects of marriage. Not to mention, an increased sense of security is a definite plus.
So, why do some couples prefer live-in relationships over marriage? There are many possibilities, some including: convenience, financial stability, or even fear of divorce. In terms of financial stability, it may be easier for couples to postpone their future wedding due to lack of funds. Let’s admit it, weddings aren’t getting any cheaper, and unless you and your loved one have bigger plans than a trip to the courthouse, then holding off on a wedding until your finances are in order may be the best bet!
Many wonder if cohabitation can substitute for marriage, and there have been many studies and statistics to back each argument. According to the Council of Contemporary Families, their study found that couples that waited before making their first big commitment were more likely to achieve martial success. It seems as if the key factor in this situation is based solely on age and choosing partners appropriately. Also, defining the relationship and discussing your intentions for the future can play a pivotal role in the success of your relationship.
When it comes to the psychological differences between men and women in terms of marriage it seems that social influences and personal expectations play a much larger role than the actual biology of the male and female brain. The American Psychology Association states that men and women are not as different as people think implying that social expectations are the main cause of the differences between the two. It is safe to assume that the biological differences in men and women do not play a large part in relationships and marriage.
Expectations of marriage have taken a much more nontraditional role in the last decade considering the number of millennials that are having children out of wedlock. CNS News released a study from John Hopkins University that found 57% of millennials are having children before marriage and of that percentage 26% of them were cohabiting mothers. The upward trend of cohabitation continues to climb becoming the new social norm over the traditional idea of waiting to get married to have children.
It is difficult to answer whether or not live-in relationships can substitute for marriage. The answer may lie with whether or not couples are willing to make serious plans for their future and are able to take serious steps toward stating their commitment to one another. Choosing the right partner at an appropriate age also plays an instrumental role in the process as well. For more information and perspective, take a minute to watch this video: