Should Unmarried Couples Live Together?


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Should or should not unmarried couples live together? This is a question asked of many people. Some people will say yes and others will say no. Personally, I say no to unmarried couples living together.
Two unmarried people of the opposite-sex living together is known as cohabitation. Cohabitation is also known by other terms, such as “living together”, “shaking up”, or “living in sin.” In the sixties and seventies cohabiting couples were know as simply “anti-marriage”. During the sixties and seventies these couples saw traditional marriage as repressive and irrelevant so they were looking for an alternative to marriage ( Parry 14 ). However, today in the nineties cohabiting ...

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you do not know how well it drives are you going to test drive it before buying it? or, do you try on cloths and shoes before you buy them? Of course almost everyone would answer these questions yes, because too test drive a car or to try on some clothes or shoes before buying them would be the practical thing to do. However, research has proven this theory wrong. Research has proven that couples who have lived together before marriage are more likely to disagree on such things as; entertainment, household chores, finances and are more likely to become sexually involved. In the past three decades during the same time as the rise of couples living together before marriage the rate of divorce has skyrocketed which is enough proof that so called trial marriages are not successful ( Parker 34 ).
Although there is no real reason for cohabitation, there is a long range of explanation people use who do live together unmarried. Some are seeking an alternative to traditional marriage, ...

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cohabitation by means of economics. They point out that its is cheaper for two people to live together, that cohabitation is not penalized by welfare, that many senior citizens cohabit because of tax disincentives to marry and for inheritance reasons ( Hatch 31 ). It is also a fact that about twenty-one million married working couples pay an extra fourteen hundred dollars in federal income taxes on average, for being married compared to couples who have the same income, but cohabit rather then get married. A single person pays a fifteen-percent tax on income up to $23,350. So a cohabiting couple can earn up to $50,000 and remain in the fifteen-percent bracket. On the other hand ...

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