Recent observations have shown that young adults today would rather move in with a companion before tying the knot. This is a situation a lot of us are familiar with in our circle of friends, neighbors and stories we hear all around us. There is no doubt that some real life challenges lead people to venture this path. A lot of people justify this choice because they have grand ideas of the type of wedding ceremonies they would love to have but can’t quite meet up to the standards yet, they may have plans for career growth and not consider marital vows a priority and in many instances the experiences of their parents marital life determines the approach they take in settling with a partner.
The companionship of someone living with you, but who you aren’t married to-as some people would opine, has a way soothing and setting you at ease from the challenges of everyday reality. They believe that the opportunity to share things with each other, tell stories about work, bosses, friends, television and even have sex together, all of which requires that you spend some emotional capital, makes it worthwhile therefore, waiting to get married is too traditional and doesn’t fit in with modern realities.
But this type of arrangement has given a cause for
concern, most especially when there are no plans being made to get married.
Think of a situation where you already live together and perhaps have made
contributions for a rent, bought a home, conceived a child and then unforeseen
variables take event like the death of one partner or the need to separate ways,
which most often occurs. What happens next? How do you resolve claims to
entitlements when there are no legal documents? How do you deal with family,
relatives who want to lay claim to certain benefits? Doesn’t it sound safer to
take vows and avoid the financial setbacks that could occur when there are no
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