Arranged Marriage: Advantages & Disadvantages

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Arranged Marriage: Advantages & Disadvantages

By | Feb. 2011
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Those of us who live in countries where falling in love is the path to marriage may be surprised at some of the pros and cons of arranged marriages. Though they’re not for everyone, arranged marriages do have some advantages that you may not be aware of. At the same time, they have some very real disadvantages too. In countries or cultures where matchmaking is the norm, people are very aware of the pros and cons of arranged marriages. One of the strongest reasons for arranged marriages is finding a partner who is compatible ethnically, religiously, socially and culturally; in fact, this reason is the primary reason arranged marriages occur in some immigrant communities in Western countries. In ethnic or religious communities where assimilation is frowned upon, such as Greek expatriates or Orthodox Jews, arranged marriages are looked upon as a way to perpetuate the faith or culture. At the same time, when discussing the positives in the pros and cons of arranged marriages, some of the following may surprise you: arranged marriages tend to have a much lower divorce rate than marriages based on romantic love. There are several reasons for this, including the aforementioned cultural compatibility. For one thing, cultures that practice arranged marriages are often very close-knit, and tend to provide individuals and families within their system with more support than the average couple receives in the Western world. For another thing, when marriages are arranged, great effort is made to pair up couples with similar social standing and financial status, so these couples may have fewer reasons to argue than romantically paired couples. Finally, many couples who had arranged marriages say that love grows over time and stems from meeting the challenges that any married couple faces together. On the other hand, the pros and cons of arranged marriages do include negatives as well. It’s possible to end up with an entirely unsuitable partner and if that happens it may very...