Originally Posted by benbo5
Why can't two people live together without people saying "your shacking up" or whatever? As long as your loyal to that person and trust each other 100% why is it that you have to sign a contract saying your married? Can someone enlighten me?
There is an expression:
"Commitment isn't the time you spend, it is a line you cross". Being married, I feel a deeper bond and level of commitment to my wife.
Also, FWIW, from a divorce perspective, in many states there is what is called "common law marriage". If you have been shacked up for long enough (usually 5-10 years), your ex can go after assets, alimony, etc.