Commitment and monogamy

In today’s world of soaring divorce rates, most couples are hesitant to commit themselves to marriage for fear of finding out that they are not really suited to be long-term partners. And yet, it is only natural that two people in a serious relationship would want to share a life together. In such a situation cohabitation or living together without being formally married is increasingly emerging as a popular option for couples who don’t want kids but want to share a life. But at the end of the day, how does this arrangement compare to marriage?

Having a baby ranks pretty high in the list of life-changing experiences. However this can mean different things for either partner; so while your partner may want to do it all over again, you feel what you have is enough. Unfortunately this difference in views can create significant stress in a relationship. So if you find your partner is looking to have more kids while you are in no mood to oblige, here are a few things you can do.

Avoid comparisons

There are all kinds of reasons why a man may want to go out with you – because he finds you attractive enough for a casual date, because he is keen to know you better or simply because he has nothing better to do on a Saturday night. One of the most disconcerting situations for a woman is when she is kept guessing as to the real intentions of her partner. So here are some common signs in a date to tell you that he wants a relationship.

He picks up details

In these times, the circle of people affected by a death has expanded from family, friends, co-workers and acquaintances to include former spouses. And yet the precarious relationship between ex spouses also means that often individuals do not know how to mourn the death of a former partner. Here are a few things to keep in mind when your ex-husband dies and you are tossed onto strange and difficult emotions.

At the funeral

There were times when getting pregnant meant that you had to get married, whether you were ready for it or not. Thankfully there are far more options available for parents-to-be now. If abortion and adoption are not an option, you can go ahead and have the baby, without feeling that you need to get married to do the right thing by your partner or your child.

The equation between marriage, love and happiness has never more complex than what with the framework of entire social institutions changing rapidly. Many people now find love without getting married while many marriages turn loveless and hostile as divorce rates soar. Single parenting is increasingly becoming common, and society is now more comfortable with various patterns of cohabitation. In such a context, what are the chances that married men live longer?

Benefits of marriage on health

Love is usually associated with the feeling of being needed and desired by someone speical. And yet too much of this can also be a bad thing. One of the conditions marked by an excess of neediness is codependency in relationships which in turn can signify deep-rooted emotional and psychological issues. Here is more about codependency in relationships, how to recognize the signs and how to overcome it.

What is codependency?

Social security benefits constitute one of the most important means of leading a good quality of life after one is no longer capable of working in senior years. However like all government plans, certain confusions about its rules and beneficiaries persist. So if your spouse has been receiving social security benefits and you wish to know if you can continue to receive them after his/her death, here are a few guidelines.

Social security

Raising a child is one of the most committed action anyone can undertake and that too over many years. While bringing up a biological child brings with it some cultural and psychological support, doing so for adopted child can involve an entirely different set of complications. So before you launch yourself and your family in the long and often tortuous paperwork, here are some aspects of adoption you might want to consider.

With social mores and expectations undergoing a sea-change, it is no longer mandatory for women to settle down with a husband and children before they hit thirty. Today’s women have the luxury of focusing on college and her job while in their twenties even as they experiment with relationships in order to find out what she really wants. However should you feel it is time to settle down to a long term relationship, here are a few ways you can go about it.

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