The Many Aspects of Marriage

Published: 14th November 2007
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The concept of marriage began to evolve later as humans stopped being nomadic and started to settle down with a fixed residence. Marriage then, was the first conscious move by our race to tie the legal, financial and social aspects of life together within a given structure. The questions of inheritance, property, and finance management have been inextricably associated with the institution of marriage right from the beginning.

Legally Speaking

Polygamy, though practiced in some cultures, did not work well in general. It was neither cost effective, nor very manageable when it came to property and assets. In the UK, the law looks upon a wedded couple as 'one unit' in a way. This has a lot of benefits. If the husband or wife dies without a valid will, there are fixed laws according to which the surviving spouse and the children would get the property. If someone wins a lottery, he or she can share the money with the spouse, thus reducing tax burdens. A couple can also own a property together or apply for loans together. In other words, if you are married, your chances of saving tax, investing better and having a better savings goes up. On the other hand, if a spouse is found cheating, he or she may be divorced on grounds of infidelity. Therefore, the commitment in the relation is also legally bound, making it a unique one.

Finance Benefits

Most of the financial benefits have already been discussed above. Apart from the ones granted by the government, most private financial institutions grant some benefits to married customers and as well. Employment benefits are also better for married workers. You have more allowance, can take your spouse when you travel (depending on the company norms of course), and can have better housing benefits. It is much better when two people are managing the assets, and best when both are earning.


Children are the only way of perpetuating ourselves on earth. They are a projection of our inherent wish for immortality. Children born out of wedlock do not have the legal and financial rights that a child of a married couple enjoys, and they do not have the social acceptance either. Your property will be secure with your offspring if they have been created from a marriage. Though the legal system of the UK does not state it, many marriages break up due to failure to have children.


For many people, religion is still important. All religions sanctify marriage. Religions, after all, were founded keeping in mind the social, cultural, and financial aspects of communities, and not just the spiritual upliftment. Therefore the sanction for marriage was an important part of the religious structure in all nations and cultures. In fact, most religions still decry cohabitation as sinful, and divorce is either condemned or not looked upon with favour.

Physical Intimacy

Physical needs are an important part of our lives. A marriage is the best way of having a satisfying, legally granted, and deeply emotional physical intimacy and experience. It is not just the safest way to have enjoy physical intimacy, but also a fulfilling personal experience and one can have a better physical experience when it is a matter of commitment. In fact, there are marriages that have fallen apart due to a failed intimacy. This is not the only factor that holds a marriage together, but it is one of the most important ways to bond better.

All about Love

Marriage is not all about love, but the most important ingredient of a successful marriage is definitely, love. If two people respect each other, enjoy and crave for each other's company, and want to depend on one another, love would be the cementing factor. But a marriage founded merely on momentary infatuation and impulses would not stand the test of time unless it evolved itself into a more mature relationship. Marriage is the only human relation that allows us to grow attached to one another slowly over time, and legally grants this dimension of the relation. People marry for so many reasons. They want companionship when they grow old, succour when they are distressed, financial support, better lifestyle, and of course children. Love is composed of all these rights, duties, emotions and commitments.

James Walsh is a freelance writer and copy editor. If you would like more information on how to get a quickie Divorce see

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