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Divorce deters live-in couples from marrying

Working class more worried about The Trap of marriage but middle-class pairs say they have no problem with it.

india Updated: Dec 26, 2011 13:46 IST

A new US study has said that the fear of divorce deters live-in couples from marriage, especially due to its social, legal, emotional and economic ramifications.

economic ramifications, professor of policy analysis and management, and Dela Kusi-Appouh, doctoral student in development sociology, both at Cornell University, conducted the study.

Roughly 67 per cent of the study respondents shared their worries about divorce. However, middle-class subjects spoke more favourably about tying the knot and viewed cohabitation as a natural stepping stone to marriage.

However, women in the lower-income group disproportionately expressed doubts about the Trap of marriage, fearing that it could be hard to exit if things go wrong, or that it would lead to more responsibilities, but few benefits.

The study also found that working class, live-in couples were more apt to view marriage as just a piece of paper, nearly identical to their existing relationship.

They were also twice as likely to admit fears about being stuck in marriage with no way out once they were relying on their partners’ share of income to get by.

First Published: Dec 26, 2011 13:25 IST