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Live in relationships

April 7, 2009

In recent years there has been a remarkable increase in the number of people opting for living-in relationships instead of marriages. Though this trend has been popular in western countries for a long time now, it is catching up in India as well with more and more couples choosing to live in, because of the space, choice and personal freedom it gives them. It might be immensely appealing to young people of today, leading hectic and stressful lives and do not have the time or patience to deal with all the emotional issues that a marriage entails. Apart from the space it gives, there is no problem of surrendering rights or obligations in a live-in relationship. The partners are pretty clear about what they are in for, and if the relationship does not work out, they can leave anytime. There are no legal or financial complications involved unlike a marriage, where splitting up is not so easy. But even in a live in relationship, the situation becomes more complex if children are involved. since there is no binding relationship betweem the partners, the issue of taking up responsibility for bringing up the children gets more comlicated. Since there is no emotional security offered, it becomes difficult to sustain a long term relationship and there is a high risk of breaking up. The moment couples hit a rough patch, they find it easier to split than make efforts to make the relationship work.

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