Why do people get married?

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.

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The views or opinions expressed in this information are general in nature and do not constitute professional advice. You may benefit from professional help to deal with individual and complex issues.