Module 4 Essay/Paper
March 1, 2014
Title: The Pros and Cons of couples Cohabitating
Specific Purpose: To inform my audience of the benefits and pitfalls of Cohabitation
The Pros and Cons of Couples Cohabitating
When you hear the word cohabitation what is the first thing that you think of? In today’s society we associate this word with what the young people refer to as shacking up. I am sure that most of us know a number of couples that cohabitate. I myself have talk to a few cohabit couples; all having different reasons why they feel this kind of relationship works for them. Being the daughter of a woman that lived in a cohabitant relationship for many years; I experienced a great deal of the consequences that this type of relationship can bring. I will clarify what is cohabitation, the benefits of cohabitation and the pitfalls of cohabitation.
Let’s begin with what cohabitation means. Webster’s Dictionary defines cohabitation as “to live together as or as if a married couple”. According to the 2010 Census data there are over 7.5 million couples now living together and these numbers are growing even much larger and at a faster rate as more time passes. These numbers have quadrupled since the 1960’s; in an era when society look at this type of behavior as unacceptable or the not norm.
Next, we’ll look at the benefits of cohabit. Nowadays there are more people who chose to live together instead committing to marriage. U S New Health reported on April 4, 2013” “Cohabiting couples may be waiting for improved financial stability before committing to marriage”. Some couples cohabit to have two incomes in the home. Cohabitation can help each party to save money on rent/mortgage and other household bills. Then there are senior couples; from the ages of fifty to sixty-four that benefit be living in cohabitation to avoid the joint financial responsible of their partner’s previous debts. Many couples that cohabitation can receive...