People have told me that me and my girlfriend (of 6 years) should marry but we just tell them no because we don't believe in marriage (for financial and government reasons). I don't know how marriage works in other countries but here in America (US), it just seems pointless since there are so many divorces at a high rate. Once me and my girlfriend have told them how we feel about marriage, then they started to judge us and tell how we are "cheating each other" as couples which doesn't sound like it makes any sense to me.
- Yes. It's just better and more traditional that way.Vote A
- No. There's no legal obligation for that.Vote B
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Not necessarily but some commitment is essential if you are raising children.
The biggest issue with marriage is that it is interpreted differently by every state. You may marry in New Hampshire under one set of laws and divorce according to a completely different set in California.
One little known solution to this is domestic contracts. You can completely spell out the terms of your partnership and contingencies for dissolution, including the disposition of property and your intentions regarding your children. You can also overcome “next of kin” requirements by granting medical power of attorney, designating beneficiaries, etc.
Any state will enforce the contract on its face as long as it does not directly violate their laws. Some issues such as custody and child support are always open ended and on-going but that is true even in marriage.
One proviso. Do not use the same attorney. Not having separate representation is a classic reason for courts to invalidate a domestic contract or pre-nuptial agreement.0