Today we are going to talk about something very important and something that every couple thinks about when they are planning for the future.
Today we are going to talk about live-in relationships and whether they are good or bad. We are going to discuss what are the pros and cons of living together before marriage and also talk about the consequences of living together before marriage.
We are going to talk about a formal marriage’s significance and discuss all the merits and demerits of living together before marriage. But before that, let us understand what is live-in relationship.
WHAT IS A LIVE-IN RELATIONSHIP?
In order to define this, we do not need any complex definitions because there is a single difference between marriage and a live-in relationship.
In a marriage, two people get married and decide to stay together and spend quality time together and share household responsibilities. They prepare a marriage plan and get married and go on a honeymoon and start their married life.
A live-in relationship is just the same, the couple lives together and they share household responsibilities together and they also have a normal sex life together and emotional connection just like in marriage.
The only difference is that the couple who are in a live-in relationship do not get married. They do not fulfil all the rituals of marriage and neither do they go on an official honeymoon after marriage.
The rest is the same, there are different reasons why couples might choose to do that and sometimes couples stay in a live-in relationship for years before getting married.
One argument for this arrangement is that it reduces marriage stress because couples get used to living with each other.
Now that we know what is the difference between a marriage and a live-in relationship and also what is a live-in relationship, let us answer an important question, is living together before marriage could or bad?
PROS AND CONS OF LIVING TOGETHER BEFORE MARRIAGE
PROS OF A LIVE-IN RELATIONSHIP
- KNOWING EACH OTHER
One of the most important reasons why couples decide to live together before marriage is to know each other better.
If two people who love each other can live together then they can understand each other on a deep level including everything from lifestyle to habits as well as their preferences.
They can get to know how their partner copes with different situations and if they are actually compatible with each other.
The thing about compatibility is that it doesn’t matter if you are a good person or your partner is a good person you can be either compatible with them or not.
Sometimes this is also why divorces happen because people get married too soon without staying with each other under a single roof to understand their compatibility.
If you stay together with your partner before marriage then you can test out if you are compatible with them and if you share their likes and dislikes and their habits.
One of the other reasons why couples live together before marriage and especially couples from cities live together before marriage is because it is economically more logical.
If you stay together with your partner then you can take advantage of multiple things such as sharing of financial responsibilities.
Additionally, you can buy things in bulk for cheap because you are not just buying things for yourself but you are also buying it for another person.
You can share bills such as the internet bills as well as the electricity bills and you can also share the rent, which is a major thing in cities.
Imagine you are in a relationship but you are not married and that is why you cannot take advantage of the emotional support from your partner until you get married because they are not living with you.
This changes if you start living together with your partner because your partner is going to be there for you all the time to provide you with emotional support.
It is also important to understand that couples are generally very early in their career when they start living together with their partner. It is also the time without job stability and also the time when they need emotional support the most.
That is why you will be able to deal with stressful situations better if you live with your partner rather than living alone.
And even if you face things like job loss or even illness then you have another person to take care of you.
CONS OF A LIVE-IN RELATIONSHIP
One of the things you must understand is that it is much more difficult to break a marriage than a live-in relationship.
That is why if you are living together with your partner and you face minor inconveniences then it would be easier for you to break the relationship rather than try to fix things.
This can lead to relationships ending prematurely as it doesn’t make any sense to fix relationships because there is nothing to lose or there is no long process to end a relationship, unlike a marriage.
That is why married couples are going to try a lot harder to fix the issues rather than break up because breaking up is not an easy option.
While this is not the case with all societies but there are a lot of societies in the world that are conservative and they do not like the idea of couples living together before marriage.
There are important reasons for it and people usually see live-in couples as people without commitment issues because they are already living together and in a relationship but they are still not getting married.
If you are from such a conservative society then you might face a lot of discrimination and it is not worth the effort to not get married.
Additionally, if you get married in such a society then you will get additional levels of recognition and acceptance and prestige from society.
LACK OF RESPECT
There is this thing called lack of respect for the relationship because if a relationship is easy to break without any consequences, then people may take that relationship for granted.
We have talked about this in the point of less commitment but the fact of the matter is that marriage is an institution that is something permanent.
In other words, you have to make a marriage work in order to stay married and in the current societal situation that you are and there is no alternative to that.
There are alternatives to breaking marriage and that is divorce which is costly and sometimes highly flawed.
However, if someone is living together and is in a regular relationship then they can break it off even if they face any problems that can be solved.
That makes couples take relationships for granted and treat relationships are something disposable and replaceable.
We hope this blog has been helpful for you to understand both sides of the equation when it comes to living together before marriage and whether it is good or bad.
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