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Bài gửi  thuylinh_tn01D_1708 on Sun Mar 13, 2011 8:48 pm

Cohabitation, a living arrangement in which a couple decides to live together as husband and wife without being married, has become more common. In fact, many couples believe that living together before marriage can be good, because it allows couples to practice before they get married. In my opinion, cohabitation has both advantages and disadvantages.
One of the advantages of cohabitation is getting to know the person to whom you may get married. It is important for a person to know almost everything about his or her partner. For example, you need to know how a person is handling his or her life from all aspects such as behaviors, mentality, financial matter and so on before you decide to sign the marriage license. This cannot be completed in a few days. Therefore, it is important to live together for a while before you decide to spend a lifetime with that person.
Moreover, cohabitation helps save your living. Because the cost of foods, rents or bills are shared between you two, or in some cases, the bills are even taken care of by one person, usually the man women are beneficiaries of free bed and board.
Despite some advantages of cohabitation, there are disadvantages as well. One disadvantage of cohabitation is getting a few strange looks when you tell people how long you have been together, but that you are not married. Although cohabitation is becoming more acceptable, there are still many people who do not understand it. They might ask why you have not married yet, and give you a look of puzzlement when you explain that you do not want to get married.
Another disadvantage to cohabitation is not being considered a family in an emergency. If your partner were to suffer a life threatening illness or be involved in a life threatening accident, you may not be able to visit them. If your partner's family were not particularly fond of you, they may make you move out of a house that you helped pay for or give up possession of a car you helped pay for and used for your transportation. These things would make a situation that was already hard to deal with even worse.
In conclusion, I said two advantages as well as disadvantages of cohabitation. Even though cohabitation is not a formal arrangement, cohabitants still engage in similar activities as married couples. Living together is a very difficult arrangement, and I believe that this is one of the most stressful steps in a relationship. If you can handle the day-to-day stresses of living together, then you can handle almost anything.


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