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Title: Why Do People Still Choose to Marry Instead of Just Living Together?
Author(s): BLANCHET BALL, Lisette
Journal: Marriage, Families & Spirituality
Volume: 15    Issue: 1   Date: 2009   
Pages: 30-36
DOI: 10.2143/INT.15.1.2042595

Abstract :
The paper presents the results of a survey of 100+ individuals undergoing marriage preparation in the Archdiocese of Southwark (South East London) between November 2008 and February 2009. Couples were asked to classify themselves as Catholic or non-Catholic, and then further according to their level of commitment to their faith. They were then asked what their main reason for getting married was, and to choose from 18 possible symbols, which came to their mind strongly when they thought of their impending marriage. When all this data was analysed according to faith classification, some interesting findings were seen, some of which speak of the difference between marriage today and a generation ago, when people married relatively early in their relationship, and at a much younger age. The influence of immigration into the United Kingdom is also a factor in some of the findings. In spite of the nearly universal practice of cohabiting before marriage, the desire for transcendence and permanence can be discerned in these couples, which should be an encouragement to those working in this apostolate.

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