Pros and Cons of Living Together Before Marriage
Many people wonder whether or not they should live together before getting married. There are many different views when it comes to this question and some of them lie in religion, ethics or realism. This article explores the advantages and disadvantages of living together before marriage.
Many times, a couple who lives together before becoming married can upset their families or friends who have strict religious beliefs. If these families or friends are the soon-to-be bride or groom's parents, this can create a rift in the family which can be difficult to repair. However, some families are fine with a situation like this. Think of how your family or your partner's family would feel about the situation before doing anything and decide how it will affect the family relationship.
Another disadvantage of living together before marriage is that you lose the excitement and thrill the 'honeymoon' will bring. When you have already lived with someone and gotten to know their actions and habits, the time after the wedding will not be as exciting. However, this is not always a bad thing. If losing the excitement before you're even married frightens you, you may not want to live together before marriage.
One of the best advantages to living together before marriage is getting the chance to see how things will work in the marriage – sort of like a 'sneak peak' behind the scenes. You get the chance to see whether or not you and your partner are truly compatible, whether you do well together living under the same roof and what sort of conflicts or disputes might arise. It's a great way to foresee the future a bit. Who knows; you could be absolute opposites and a divorce waiting to happen. Or, you could be the perfect couple – living together before marriage will give you a nice idea of which one it will be.
Living together before marriage also gives you a level of comfort that you wouldn't have otherwise. You know the other person and the different personality quirks and you're a bit more prepared for when you do marry. Living together with someone allows you to see deeply inside their own world and you may find things you never knew existed before living together. Depending upon what those things are, living together before marriage could determine the actual course of the marriage!
As you can see, there are advantages and disadvantages to living together before marriage. Looking at the situation in-depth will help you determine whether or not it is a good idea for you and your partner.
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