Marriage involves money. During your honeymoon, you probably won't be thinking about it. But after the honeymoon is over, the realization will inevitably hit. There will be bills to pay. There will be unforeseen expenses. And slowly but surely, you will come to realize that you and your spouse's finances are now integrated together. The question, though, is do you want to wait until marriage for this realization to hit?
Maybe marriage isn't for you and your partner. Unlike friends and relatives, perhaps the two of you don't feel the need to have an official wedding. Instead, all that the two of you may deem necessary is a sense of mutual love. Such a situation, referred to as cohabitation, has become increasingly common in recent years, particularly in California.
Everyone knows that it's possible to get a divorce. But what if you don't want to get divorced from your spouse? Is it possible to refuse to get divorced? The short answer is "no." If your spouse wants to get divorced, you can certainly try to talk him or her out of it. You can take your husband or wife out to dinner and reminisce about all the positive things that have happened over the course of your marriage. But, if these tactics fail, you are probably going to become a divorcee.
California is a state that has consistently been distinguished by an independent, progressive spirit. It is no coincidence that the "Golden State" is a place where issues such as environmental conservation, medical marijuana, and the rights of gays and lesbians are openly debated. Such issues may be controversial, but in California at least, the public is willing to discuss them and potentially arrive at solutions.