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Why marry when currently the options available to couples are more than they were in the past The piece of paper and steel around the third finger of the left hand are merely outward societal symbols of what a couple feels Two people can have all the attributes of the institution of marriage without the symbols After all we come into this world alone and go out alone There are two options available to couples today living together or maintaining separate homes Personalities and living styles are often the deciding factors once all the cards are on the table Before a couple can reach this monumental decision they must look at the three most important aspects of a shared arrangement companionship financial obligations towards one another and the home and sharing in the maintenance or upkeep of the home Companionship is different things to different people Some people need daily physical contact Others are content with communication through telephone and letters and quality time set aside when they can give attention to one another without outside interference Living alone affords one the opportunity to set aside time for their intended without fear that they will run out of subjects to discuss or to lose the passion Sharing a home you see that person everyday there is no mystery left your quality time turns into quantity time and the silence can be deafening After all if you see each other everyday what is there to talk about or to do that you have not done day after day Score one for living alone Financially the bills are your responsibility when you live alone The decision to purchase that new furniture is not weighed against the purchase of a motorcycle that you will never ride On the other hand if you were to lose your job having someone in the home gainfully employed eases the burden of the temporary setback Your bank account would not be
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