Cohabitation and Marriage

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‘There is no difference between living with a partner and being married to them’. Do you agree? (6 marks)

I agree with this statement, because I think that there is not really a difference between living with a partner, and being married to them. For example, when you live with someone, the feeling and surroundings aren’t really changed around you, which does not really make a difference. Also, some people just don’t see the point in wasting time and money to get married, when they can just live together normally. Furthermore, less people are now starting to go to church, so less people are influenced by the ‘traditional’ English wedding, in a church; instead they just decide to live without marriage. Some people may disagree with me. They might have this view, because they might be strongly religious. They may only believe in living with someone, after you get married to them, for example, Muslims. Or they may be a Christian, and believe in a marriage with a huge celebration, and having a proper wedding in a church with the proper traditions. Also, people that disagree with me may also think that you can marry, or if you have been divorced, re-marry. Divorce has led to re-marriage, which means more re-constituted families. Also, before many women were financially dependent on their husbands, whereas, now many women are capable of being independent after their divorce, and are able to look after their children as a single parent. Popularity of extended families has also increased. This means that working women go out to work, and leave their children with their retired grand-parents.
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