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Dizon,MicaellaJoyC.August05,2018COHABITATIONISASINMarriageissuchabigcommitmentandthere’snodoubtaboutit.Overtheyears,inanunobtrusiveissuelike”CohabitationBeforeMarriage”that’sconsideringasasin.ThishasspreadtomanycountriesincludingPhilippines.Somecoupleorpeoplemightsaythatmarriageis”justapieceofpaper”andoneofthereasonswhytherearesomecouplechoosetoliveinwithhis/herpartnerisbecausetheywanttoknowmoreabouteachotheranddoingitforatrialintheirrelationship.ItissurprisingthatnotonlyinourcountryitisillegalalsointhefourU.S.States,wherewethoughtthatitisjustfinebecauseofthewayoftheirlivingorlifestyle.TherearearticlesaboutcohabitationliketheArticle147oftheFamilyCodeacknowledgestherelationshipbetweenamanandawomanlivinginwitheachotherlikeamarriedcoupleandaboutthepropertiesiftheyarenotmarriedwhatdoeachotherownaretheirsonly.Accordingtomyresearch,Mississippi,Michigan,Florida,andVirginiacurrentlyhavelawsonthebooksbanningcohabitation.InVirginia,oncecouplecaughtdoingcohabitationthere’sapunishableoffensewheretheywillbepaying$500fineforthefirstoffense.Thelegallanguageandpenaltiesaresimilarintheothermentionedstates,exceptMississippi,wherethelawbans”unlawfulcohabitation”inwhichamanandwomenlivetogetheranditcanbeproventhattheyhad”habitualsexualintercourse.”Let'sfocusfirsthereonwhatthenegativeeffectsofcohabitation.Commonly,weallknowthatalsothereasonwhyunmarriedcoupleschoosecohabitationisbecauseofhavingtheirprivacyinsexormakinglovebutinsomereligionitisconsideredasasinfulact.Inthebibleverse,1Corinthians7:8-9,”TotheunmarriedandthewidowsIsaythatitisgoodforthemtoremainsingle,asIam.Butiftheycannotexerciseself-control,theyshouldmarry.Foritisbettertomarrythantoburnwithpassion.”itexplainsthatforthosepeoplewhocan’tcontrolthemselvestohavesexormakelovewiththeirpartnerbeforemarriageisasinner,insteadtheyshouldmarryeachotherbeforedoingthosethings.Intheeyesofmany,cohabitationisreallyillegalandasinfulactfromGodbecauseweshouldgiveimportanceaboutthesanctityofmarriage,byrespectingourGodcouplesshouldnotlivingtogetherwithouttheblessingfromHim.BasedonwhatIhaveresearched,someofthereasonswhyothercouplechosecohabitation,thereisafearoffallout,ourattitudeschangesovertheyearsofbeingtogetherandtakingalessonfromthosewhatthey’veexperiencewhiletheyareonthesameroof.Fearoffalling-out,noonewhat’sadivorceorabreakupsobycohabitationtheyaretestingtheirrelationshipwhilenotgettingmarried,whenamanandawomanisalreadymarriedandfallouthascomeittakesalongprocessforadivorce,inourcountryannulmentisjusttheonlyimplementedfornowmaybe,unlikeifthey’rejustlivingtogetherbutnotyetmarriedtheotheronecanleaveeasilyifhe/shedidn’twanttostayinthatrelationship.Alsoifwhenhispartnergotpregnantbuthe’snotyetintogettingmarrieditwouldbebadforthewomenandthebabysheiscarryingbecausetheyarenotacompletefamily,thebabywillhaveasinglemother,thebabywillgrowuplivingwithoutafatherbyhis/herside.Attitudechange,changingisinevitableasthey’vesaid,astimepassesbywechange.Takingalessonfromexperiences,everytimewe’vedoneamistakewecanlearnfromit.Inacouplethat’slivingtogethertheycanknowwhattheyshoulddoifthatsituationhappensagain.Inconclusion,cohabitationhavepositiveeffectsbutnegativeeffectsaremoreinthesociety.Mostly,itcanleadintoabrokenfamily,likeIhavementioned,intoearlypregnancyorunplannedpregnancy.Thatcanresulttofinancingproblemsforthechild.Itisimportanttofocusinourselveswhilewearenotmarriedbecauseifwegetmarrieditdohavealotofresponsibilitiestotake.Sexbeforemarriagecanbebasedonthecoupleorapersonwhowillbedecidingtodoitornot.BynotjustrespectingGod,alsoourparents,we,women,shouldprotectourselvesnotfortheotherbutalsoforus.So,cohabitationshouldnotbetoleratedinsidethesocietybecausewemustupholdthesanctityofmarriage.REFERENCES:Pratte,D.E.(n.d.).LivingTogetherWithoutMarriage:BibleandSexualCohabitation.RetrievedAugust5,2018,fromhttps://www.gospelway.com/morality/sexual_cohabitation.phpLehmiller,J.(2013,February6).LivingTogetherBeforeMarriageStillIllegalIn4U.S.States.RetrievedAugust5,2018,fromhttps://www.lehmiller.com/blog/2013/2/6/living-together-before-marriage-still-illegal-in-4-us-states.htmlPamaos,F.B.(2006,November4).COMMON-LAWMARRIAGE(LIVE-INRELATIONSHIPS)INTHEPHILIPPINES.RetrievedAugust5,2018,fromhttps://jlp-law.com/blog/common-law-marriage-live-in-relationships-in-philippines/Davis,N.,Baugh,L.,Horton,M.,&Massaro,T.W.(2017,June15).9BibleVersesThatTeachThatSexBeforeMarriageIsaSin.RetrievedAugust5,2018,fromhttps://corechristianity.com/resource-library/articles/9-bible-verses-that-teach-that-sex-before-marriage-is-a-sinWalton,A.G.(2012,February07).TheMarriageProblem:WhyManyAreChoosingCohabitationInstead.RetrievedAugust5,2018,fromhttps://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2012/02/the-marriage-problem-why-many-are-choosing-cohabitation-instead/252505/

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