Who doesn't know this.
It is often said that the best way to know your partner more is by living with him or her. The traits, habits, persona, everything is known when someone stays with a partner for long. Live-in thus creates a sense of trust and reassurance in the mates and creates better compatibility band provides an opportunity of understanding each other before one gets into a wedlock.
Live-in though typically is a very metro-centric phenomena, there are many cases that have come across from various communities that encourage cohabitation before ritualistic marriage. Most of the times, partners in live-in are on their own, hence the responsibilities of sharing domestic workloads are unstated yet they are very much present. Over and above that lower level of acceptance that Indian society has for live-in may lead to emotional stress. Did you know that legal status of a woman in live-in is equated to that of wife by Supreme Court if she has co-habited with the partner for a long time. Still the children born out of live-in are still not easily accepted in the society.
Live-in is not just a means for having sex
The fundamentals of live-in are based on knowing the partners well and identifying and addressing the gaps that may hamper their relationship in future. Sex is just a small part of live-in but that doesn’t mean it’s an insignificant one. Sexual compatibility is a must when it comes to a healthy relationship. Marriage on the other hand becomes more like an institution wherein everything needs to be followed in a particular pattern no matter if both the parties are comfortable or not (read social pressures).
And the way forward from live-in
Though live-in is still considered by many as an outlet of the young and the restless where there are no strings attached. One must understand that there are no clear laws that define live-in in India. There is no clear time span that defines this kind of cohabitation as marriage-like relationship. There’s no clarity on the property rights of the children that are born out of this relationship. What do you think about it? Is it right to provide that kind of legality to live-in in India?