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  Meaning of Live-in Relationship The legal definition of live in relationship is “an arrangement of living under which the couples which are unmarried live together to conduct a long-going relationship similarly as in marriage.”  Live-in relationship is one such connection in which a boy and girl have some relation before their marriage and if they are satisfied with their partner they get married or be like that for years. This kind of act though seems different; it is one, which is being implemented today. Live-in relationship handles matter of premarital sex, but those couples who are maintaining relations don’t mind such things. Overall, this relation builds up harmony between the couples, but spoils their social influence. Live in relation i.e. Cohabitation is an arrangement whereby two people decide to live together on a long term or permanent basis in an emotionally and/or sexually intimate relationship. The term is most frequently applied to couples who are not married.  Difference between Live-in Relationship and Marriage   A marriage is governed by a separate set of laws in all countries which safeguards the interests of both parties who enter into the union. Live-in relationships on the other hand have received due recognition in a few countries such as France and Philippines. In India, presently there is no law defining the maxims of a live-in relationship. The Supreme Court however, has observed in a current ruling that a woman who has lived in a live-in relationship for a long period of time should enjoy the same rights that a married woman is entitled to. Live-in relationships do guarantee immense financial freedom for both parties involved. In a marriage however, it is generally accepted that the married couple share their earnings and enter into joint financial venture. However, these rules are not carved in stone. In today’s day and age even married couples tend to keep their financial matters separate and many live-in couples decide to share their individual earnings. Despite the fact that there are scores of couples who are opting for live-in relationships, the society still attaches a taboo to such relationships. The majority looks at live-in relationship as a dilution of morals and more importantly tradition. Marriage on the other is still venerated by most despite the alarming rise in the number of divorces and problems in relationship. Therefore, the primary difference between live-in relationships and marriage is that marriage has received the societal stamp of approval and live-in relationships are yet to do so.  Reasons for live-in-relationship In this type of relationship, the couples get time to know each other without getting married. This way they come to know each other better and the compatibility is observed. If the relationship works, the couple decides about the future. It is a good and healthy option for couples who don't wish to get married. This relationship has the liberty to get in and out of the relationship anytime if the couple is not happy with each other. One of the strong pros of a live in relationship is, the couple enjoys all the benefits similar to a married couple. This type of relationship involves physical intimacy of the partners. It is a practice session before getting married. Through a live in relationship, you come to know the good and bad sides of your partner as you stay together whole day. This way, it becomes easy to decide if you both are meant for each other or not. The best aspect about live-in relationships is that it allows you to find out the compatibility ratio between you and your partner, without admitting yourself into the constitution of marriage. During the dating phase, most of the people have a tendency to downplay their bad side. The concept of live-in blows off your partner's real side and allows you to know him/her inside out. In case you are not a good mix, it is better to part of ways. Live-in serves as the perfect rehearsal for a married life. You get to know whether the two of you have common interests and views on about religion, politics, sex and money. In most of the cases, sex dominates a person's judgment about marriage during  the dating phase. Many usually think about the how the two of them would be on the bed. However, this intoxicating passion should be limited. Life-long decision cannot be made on an impending sexual pleasure. Live in relationship helps avoid this problem. It may also be because they are unable to legally marry, due to reasons such as same-sex, some interracial or interreligious marriages are not legal or permitted. Other reasons include living as a way for polygamists or polyamorists to avoid breaking the law, or as a way to avoid the higher income taxes paid by some two-income married couples (in the United States), negative effects on pension payments (among older people), or philosophical opposition to the institution of marriage (that is, seeing little difference between the commitment to live together and the commitment to marriage). Some individuals also may choose to cohabit because they see their relationships as being private and personal matters, and not to be controlled by political, religious, matriarchal or patriarchal institutions. Some couples prefer cohabitation because it does not legally commit them for an extended period, and because it is easier to establish and dissolve without the legal costs often associated with a divorce.
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