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Difference Between Marriage and Cohabitation

Group Therapy: What's the Difference Between Marriage and Cohabitation?

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Besides the legal stuff (I don't care about religion so don't really need that kind of input).

Two days ago I wrote a post about how my boyfriend doesn't feel ready for marriage:

wrote that I should decide if getting married is that important to me and wanting getting married for the right reasons.

Well, the only friend I have that first lived with her boyfriend and four years later got married told me that it's the same thing. Two years later they are heading to divorce, but not because their relationship changed with marriage, but because he was pressuring her to have kids and just as the baby was born he started to change, doesn't help her with his kid, and acts like a total ass around everything that has to do with his son.

I have three other friends that are currently living together with their partners. Two of them have great relationships and the other one . . . let's just say she is not the most mentally healthy person and I can understand why they have so many problems (actually, it amazes me that he's still with her).

Of the two friends that got married the traditional way, one of them is really happy two years after the wedding, and the other one is probably going to separate from her husband of 11 months because she is a hard working type of person, while her husband is more of the passive kind and she can't deal with that anymore. (They were together for seven years, she knew what she was going into.)

So, what I'm asking is for your opinion in this subject. For what I see, if a relationship is doomed to failure, it doesn't matter if you are married or not, it's not going to last.

Thanks for your responses!!!

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