Why do people get married?

May 18, 2015

There are a number of reasons why people choose to marry or are wary about getting married.

According to surveys that Relationships Australia has conducted over a number of years, people choose to get married:

  • for love
  • for companionship
  • to signify a life-long commitment
  • to provide security for children
  • to make a public commitment to each other
  • for legal status and financial security
  • for religious beliefs.

Others avoid marriage for reasons including:

  • a previous bad experience
  • wanting to avoid a commitment
  • the belief that strong commitment does not need marriage
  • fear of making a mistake
  • enjoying the single lifestyle
  • fear of divorce and what goes with it.