Matrimony chains are chains, and who wants to voluntarily end up in chains? According to the 1990 census, 2.9 million couples in the United States said that they live together without officially registering their relationship cohabiting, that is, they live on a common area. And the number of such pairs is growing steadily. In 1980, there were about 1.6 million. By 1985, there were about 2 million of them. Apparently, the time has come precisely for such a relationship.
Why it happens? First, living together is more convenient because it is more acceptable from the point of view of society. There are examples of well-formed unmarried couples; for the most part, these are celebrities, like the long and happily living actors Kurt Russell and Goldie Hon.
In many cases, such relationships are justified. For some, living together becomes a test of compatibility, a temporary test of feelings. For others, this is the final option. Some women, especially once (or twice) unsuccessfully married, who are not going to have children, find such relationships the best way out for themselves. There are women who need to feel psychological independence, they do not want to be “connected”. For others, living together is the same as marriage, only without paperwork, the same strong connection with all obligations to each other.
But, like any other type of relationship, cohabitation has its drawbacks, as Pamela Armstrong discovered. Pamela, a producer from Washington, whose parents never formalized their relationship, lived for some time with a divorced man and with his two young children. Since at that time she was out of work, then, sitting at home, she took care of the children and kept the house. Everything went well until Pamela became ill.
“His income was 40 thousand dollars, and I sat at home with his children. But, when I got sick, I had to pay for my treatment myself, since his medical insurance did not apply to me, Pamela recalls. I soon left. I realized that I give much more than I receive. I had no rights. I could not expect that he would take care of me, despite the fact that I was fulfilling the duties of wife and mother. I realized that there is a reason for marriage at the institute. Marriage protects a woman. ”
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