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The ideal of love as a primary reason for marriage began to spread in the late 18th century and early 19th century, partly due to the French and American revolutions and the idea that people had a right to pursue personal happiness.


  1. I never got the “living together but have kids together” thing.

    Short of declaring an intention to abandon the kid to the other parent, both adults have already entered into a committed long term life altering relationship. Might as well take advantage of the legal shorthands and benefits legally recognized union brings.

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