Thank you for allowing me to answer your interesting question. While
admittedly many of the reasons I listed in my answer to your previous
question were somewhat humorous and there might seem, at first glance
to be more reasons to remain single than to marry, I?ve actually tried
to concentrate on more serious benefits to marriage in this answer
than in the other (at your request) which might explain why there are
fewer here than in the other list.
Here then is my list:
"The benefits of marriage as opposed to remaining single are..."
1.Assumption of Spouse?s Pension
2.Automatic Housing Lease Transfer
5.Crime Victim?s Recovery Benefits
6.Domestic Violence Protection
7.Exemption from Property Tax on Partner?s Death
8.Immunity from Testifying Against Spouse
9.Joint Bankruptcy benefits
10.Medical Decisions on Behalf of Partner
11.Reduced Rate Memberships to a variety of organizations, clubs, etc.
12.Federal Sick Leave and Family Medical Leave benefits to Care for Partner
13.Visitation of Partner in Hospital or Prison (if this ever becomes an issue)
14.Intimate emotional support from a spouse
16.Access to military stores if your spouse has access
17.Immigration and citizenship benefits
18.Some Federal Veteran?s discounts for married people
20.Children living with married parents tend to be much safer than
children living with single parents, because they are statistically
less likely to be aborted and less likely to be abused or neglected
21.Compared to children in single-parent families, children raised in
married-parent homes have better emotional and physical health and
engage in fewer risky behaviors, such as premarital sex, substance
abuse, delinquency, and suicide.
22.Children with married parents do better academically and fare
23.Children raised in intact homes are less likely to cohabit and more
likely to view marriage positively and maintain life-long marriages.
24.Married people have better emotional and physical health and
statistically live longer than do unmarried people.
25.Married couples have greater incomes than do single adults, and the
longer they stay married, the more wealth they accumulate.
26.Married couples enjoy greater sexual satisfaction than do unmarried
people because they tend to be more secure with one another.
27.Married women are safer than unmarried women. Never-married,
cohabiting, separated, and divorced women experience higher rates of
domestic violence than do married women
28.Marriage makes homes safer places to live, because it curbs social
problems such as domestic violence and child abuse.
29.Communities with more married-parent families are safer and more
attractive places to live, because they are less likely to have
substance abuse and crime among young people.
30.Marriage is the best antidote to poverty and welfare dependency
because combines assets make for better homes and relationships.
31.Married people are more likely to be healthy, productive, and
engaged citizens, benefiting businesses and, ultimately, the economy.
32.Married people are more emotionally and financially stable and goal oriented.
33.They tend to be more committed to the relationship than single or
35.Married couples are traditionally a two-car family so you?d have a
backup vehicle if one of them ever breaks down
36.Some married couples can share portions of their wardrobes, giving
you more dress and fashion options
37.If you?re married you actually get Christmas and Birthday presents
that are a surprise instead of buying for yourself.
38.Holidays are much more fun with a spouse
39.Vacations are much more fun with a spouse
40.There?s always someone to confide in
41.In a marriage you have someone there who is as concerned about your
health and well-being as they are their own health and well-being
42.In a marriage you always have someone you can bounce ideas off of
and get honest and beneficial feedback
43.In a stable marriage you never have to worry about your partner
cheating or leaving you
44.When you get old and ugly there?s still someone who loves you and
thinks you?re gorgeous.
45.In a marriage you evolve and mature with someone else at the same
pace and share similar interests
46.By getting married you avoid the cultural stigma of being single
47.If you marry you have a chance to experience and enjoy both
lifestyles ? single and married.
48.Married people enjoy the satisfaction of caring for someone else in
a way that single people often never experience.
49.Married people who have children also get to experience a larger
extended family (grandchildren, cousins, aunts, uncles, in-laws, etc)
50.By virtue of the larger extended family married people have a much
larger support base if the need ever arises.
51.Married people are often extended greater credit because of dual
incomes and combined credit ratings.
52.Marriage promotes a greater sense of self and character. People who
are married are confident about their place in their relationship and
in the big scheme of things.
53.Religious beliefs and religious growth (if you are so inclined)
54.The courtship process that leads up to the marriage is an important
growth phase that is viewed by most people as extremely rewarding and
I hope you find that my answer exceeds your expectations. If you have
any questions about my research please post a clarification request
prior to rating the answer. Otherwise I welcome your rating and your
final comments and I look forward to working with you again in the
near future. Thank you for bringing your question to us.
Tutuzdad-ga ? Google Answers Researcher
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