Cohabitation In Canada Case Study

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Cohabitation plays a huge part in Canadian society, 1 in 7 families are a cohabitating union (Zheng & Pollard 2000). The laws regarding cohabitation depend on the province (ibid). The years of union ranges from one year to three years (Zheng & Pollard 2000). Quebec has the largest proportion of cohabitating couples out of all the provinces (ibid). Majority of cohabitating couples found in this study were never married (ibid). Economic circumstances will determine how the couple decides to dissolve the union: either by separation or marriage (Zheng & Pollard 2000). The amount of economic resources a cohabitating couple have is less than that of married couples (ibid). Zhang and Pollard (2000) suggests that economic circumstances cohabitating…show more content…
This correlates with data found in Steuber and Paik (2014) article regarding cohabitation. The researchers found that majority of cohabitating relationships are formed in early adulthood (Steuber & Paik 2014). The responses from the five couples also show that cohabitating can be a short-lived union (ibid). Couple D moved the quickest and married within a year of cohabitating together (Personal experience D 2014). Couple E separated after three years of cohabitation (Personal E 2014). These two experiences show that cohabitation can be short-lived relationships that end within three years (Steuber & Paik 2014).Of the duration of my research, Couple A, B, and C remain in cohabitating relationships, it will be interesting to see how these three cohabitating relationships will end. Couple A, B, C, D and E list some type of financial constraint as a reason for cohabitating. Couple A are in entry level position jobs and living in Toronto (Personal experience A 2014). This couple expressed that it is cheaper to share expenses especially rent (ibid). Couple B decided to cohabitate together because it is financially more stable to share expenses (Personal experience B 2014). The female in this relationship is finishing her postgraduate education and the male works full time (ibid). Couple D also had financial constraints because of the expensive rent in Toronto, and the male is still completing his education (Personal experience D 2014). Couple E had financial constraints because they were employed in low income jobs (Personal experience E 2014). They both only have high school education (ibid). The personal experiences experienced by these four couples show the financial insecurity of this age group. This correlates well with data found in the Statistics Canada (2012) financial security survey, the median net worth of individuals under the age of 35
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