It's a fair point. I imagine if you've been with someone for 20 years (ie without ever marrying), and have three kids, then breaking up is a huge deal - more so than if you've been married for six months.
Marriage is, as Jos says, a statement of intent. And a pretty big one, proclaimed in front of lots of people and (if that's your bag) the eyes of God. So it is another factor that gets added to the mix. Again, it depends on who you are as to how much the very concept of the M word affects your decision. In my parents' generation, the mere fact of being married meant that you would stay married, because divorce was considered some kind of taboo and shameful. Whether it's healthier that we don't think that way any more is a question that seems to divide people.
#3404499, By harrisimo Does marriage strengthen a relationship?
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