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Why do some couples decide not to marry?

There are many unmarried couples in the U.S.; some have children, and some do not. Some fight over child custody while others remain happily unmarried, living together in cohabitation for decades.

Unmarried couples living in New Jersey are not immune to breakup. Depending on the length of the relationship, a breakup can mean a considerable amount of heartache and change. For unmarried couples that have been together for more than 20 years without getting married, their splits are likely to be as rough as for those who are married, even though they do not have to deal with the legal efforts of divorce.

Like divorcing couples though, when a split occurs, both parties may have to deal with a child custody determination. If the parents cannot see eye to eye on the subject of their child, it can require litigation to solve the matter. When child custody is decided, child support can also be made a legal requirement. Many people in New Jersey who are due child support never see it though, which can cause even more legal issues to arise should the discrepancy be noticed.

Some people who choose not to marry do so for political reasons. Others do it because they do not believe in the institution of marriage and do not want to deal with the legal changes that marriage and divorce bring with them. Still others do not get married for simple reasons: they either do not want to marry the person they are with or they cannot afford to do so.

Marriage is a major commitment, but so is having a child. If a couple wants to have a child or wants to get married, they should consider the long-term effects of doing so and be ready for anything in the future that might come up.

Source: Seven Days, "Longtime Unmarried Vermont Couples Talk About Finally Tying the Knot - or Not," Kevin. J. Kelley, Feb. 6, 2013

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