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Why do people get married?

According to the Relationships Indicators Survey conducted by Relationships Australia and CUA in 2008, the reasons why people get married are:

Factor

Response %

Love

91

Companionship

88

To signify a life-long commitment

82

Security for children

79

To make a public commitment to each other

77

For legal status or for financial security

66

Because of religious beliefs

62

Response to Family pressure

50

Desire for a special occasion

45

 

Why people don't get married

Based on the 2008 Relationships Indicators survey, the main reasons people do not get married are:

Factor

Response %

Bad previous experience

88

Avoidance of commitment

81

Strong commitment does not need marriage

79

Fear of making a mistake

76

Desire for a singles lifestyle

74

Fear of divorce and what goes with it

72

Marriage will interfere with work and career

55

Desire for multiple relationships

48

Desire for travel

47

 

If you would like to see the more statistical information like this, go to:

State of Australian Relationships Survey

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