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The writer, Shannon and her boyfriend, Josh
The writer, Shannon and her boyfriend, Josh

5 Reasons I'll never marry my boyfriend of 13 years

I picture myself as a lot of things, but a wife isn't one of them.


We've been together for 13 years and we have no intention of getting married. Ever. While many of our friends are tying the knot, we've been busy making other life plans.

Marriage isn't something that we're putting off. It's just something that we've decided not to participate in. Here's why.

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1. It doesn't add anything useful to our lives.

When I think about marriage, I can't think of anything useful that it brings to my life. After 13 years together, Josh and I are already committed to each other. It wouldn't serve as a barrier against breaking up because . . . divorce. It won't make our future children's lives easier to understand because we don't plan on having any. It won't help either one of us become more finan

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