Do we even need marriage anymore?
Cohabitation and marriage rights are looking more similar, but married people are happier.
Are married or cohabiting couples happier?
Married men and women enjoy better subjective well-being than do their cohabiting peers.
Men and women move in together with very different expectations
| 11 July 2013
Cohabiting men are less committed than their female partners.
The real lives of 20-somethings
| 26 March 2013
Pop cultures gives a false impression of the lives of twenty-something Americans by leaving out the children they are having, marriage scholar Brad Wilcox writes in Slate.
Marriage is different from cohabitation - Canadian court
The Supreme Court of Canada has ruled that Quebec can exclude cohabiting couples from receiving spousal support in the event of relationship breakdown.
Are married folks happier than those who cohabit?
The short answer, according to a recent study, is Yes, No, Maybe, and It depends.
“I commit to live with you ... for as long as it works out”
We have talked a fair bit on this website about cohabitation. Here's a video on the subject that pulls no punches.
Sliding versus deciding: the risks of cohabitation
| 17 April 2012
The popular belief that moving in together before marriage is a good way to avoid divorce is simply not borne out by the facts, warns psychologist Meg Jay.
Why “Madmen” actor won’t get married
“My parents got divorced when I was two and never remarried. So it doesn’t mean anything to me,” says Jon Hamm, alias Don Draper.
Why working class young adults are missing out on marriage
Why are young working class Americans not marrying? Why are they having children outside the security of marriage? Researchers went out and asked the young people themselves.
Shouldn’t we just normalise cohabitation?
Is shacking up only a problem because the couples lack social acceptance?
Getting it wrong on cohabitation
A new study by the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) indicates that children raised by cohabiting couples do no worse on average than children raised by married couples once socio-economic background is taken into account, and therefore there is no good reason on the part of the State to encourage marriage.
Divorce and cohabitation are wrecking Britain, says judge
You might think from the millions of words spilled on the subject lately that the worst thing to have happened to British society in the past 50 years is the News of the World phone hacking scandal. It’s not. A more serious contender is divorce, according to a senior family court judge.
Behind mothers who abuse, an absence of marriage
Among the most distressing news stories are those featuring mothers suspected, accused or convicted of killing their children or of standing by while their infants were fatally abused.
Reject cohabitation! Pope urges young Croatians
During a brief visit to Croatia at the end of last week, Pope Benedict addressed a crowd of over 400,000 people at the country's first annual family day in the capital, Zagreb.
Domestic finances: Mine. Yours. Ours?
An interesting article on Slate recently discussed the financial habits of contemporary couples. Author Jessica Grose took a detailed look at how people approach the issue of whether or not to share money and bank accounts.
The American family: torn by a culture of rejection
We hear a lot about family breakdown but not much that throws light on
its true extent, or on the causes. A new study remedies that by
describing the parental relationship in terms of either “belonging” or
Growing up: marriage is a great motivator
For most people large, tight families who do just about everything en
masse is the stuff of legend, or reality TV shows. But as the oldest of
ten children I live with it every day. This article, for example, was
interrupted to rescue a precious stuffed bunny from the new puppy, and
mediate who got to wear the princess dress.
Kate Middleton’s “stable family background” a plus
Not to be outdone by The Daily Mail and the New York Times, The Economist has pronounced on the engagement of Britain's Prince William and his girlfriend of many years, Kate Middleton.
College educated now more likely to marry
The United States is witnessing a growing "marriage gap" between
college-educated and less-educated adults, according to a report from by the Pew Research Center. In a reversal of historic
marriage trends, less-educated Americans are now less likely to be
married than their college-educated fellow citizens.
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