cohabitation among young people

Topics: Marriage, Cohabitation, Family Pages: 4 (1210 words) Published: May 1, 2014
Cohabitation among young people: for or against?

In recent years, there are great changes in family structure. In some countries, there is a new trend of family structure called cohabitation. It means two people fall in love with each other and live together without getting married. According to the latest Census report, the number of cohabiting couples escalated from 6.7 million in 2009 to 7.5 million just one year later in 2010, with nearly 50 percent of young adults in twenties cohabiting (Rose M. Kreider, 2010) As far as I am concerned, I strongly disagree with this issue for two following reasons. I have divided those reasons into 2 parts: outside difficulties and inside difficulties. First of all, I would like to mention the outside difficulties. In my opinion, it is against the Vietnamese tradition. From the past, there are strict rules about boys and girls moral relationship. Boys and girls are not allowed to be close and intimate before getting married. Girls have to preserve their virginity and dignity. For me, it is always precious tradition and necessary to preserve of our nation. Not only they may face the disapproval of society but also they may face disagreement from their family. Almost all of people today who cohabitate are adolescent, even some are students. They do it for the reason that they want to spend more time together, have deeper understanding about each other and get experience. However, parents always desire children to have a reliable mate, an assurance about marriage in the future so they will not be allowed to have cohabitation by their family. Besides, they can get in trouble with the law. They are not married, it means that they do not have marriage certificate, their relationship are not accredited by the government. Therefore, couples who cohabitate often have issues that related to not having their relationship legally recognized. The couple may experience legal and financial difficulties as a result of separation or in...


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