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Getting Knocked Up and 12 Other Reasons Not to Get Married

When two people are deeply in love, marriage seems like the obvious answer. But let’s not kid ourselves, people marry for reasons other than love every day.

If you’re ready to march down the aisle and find yourself wondering what’s love got to do with it, return the bridal shower gifts and reconsider. Seriously, no china pattern is worth a lifetime of unhappiness.

Check out these 13 reasons you probably ought to call off the wedding – after the jump!


  • To please your parents 1 of 13
    To please your parents
    Yes, your parents would feel better knowing you had someone to help take care of you. But enough about you, they really want grandchildren.
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  • To prove you’re straight 2 of 13
    To prove you're straight
    Whether you're trying to prove your sexual orientation to yourself or others, marriage isn't the answer.
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  • To help a friend in need 3 of 13
    To help a friend in need
    Need I remind you that entering into marriage fraud for immigration purposes is a federal crime? It's just not worth it.
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  • You’re pregnant 4 of 13
    You're pregnant
    Finding out you're pregnant is scary. Finding out you're pregnant while single is even scarier. Rushing into a marriage before you're ready almost never had a happy ending. Adjust to your new role as mommy before taking on the added responsibility of marriage.
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  • You want your child to have two parents 5 of 13
    You want your child to have two parents
    It's natural for single parents to want to provide their child a loving two-parent family, but you're enough until the right partner comes along.
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  • You’ve been together for so long 6 of 13
    You've been together for so long
    You're dating a guy and it's going OK. He loves you and everything so that's good. Should you settle and marry the guy? All signs point to no if you're heart isn't in it.
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  • To get out of debt 7 of 13
    To get out of debt
    You're drowning in debt and see no way out. Before you marry a man with stacks of fat cash, understand that you can't put a price on personal happiness.
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  • To get out of your parent’s house 8 of 13
    To get out of your parent's house
    Marriage isn't a Get Out of Jail Free card. If you can't stand living at home with parental, find some roomies and get out.
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  • You’re supposed to 9 of 13
    You're supposed to
    Every young girl is raised with the notion that she's supposed to get married. Screw that! You're a grown woman, do what you want to do.
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  • To help your career 10 of 13
    To help your career
    Marriage is desirable in certain careers. Before you rush to off to Vegas, consider how divorce may impact that same career.
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  • Everybody’s doing it 11 of 13
    Everybody's doing it
    So everyone you ever met is now married and you're left "singled" out. Resist the peer pressure and go your own way. Love will find you when the timing is right.
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  • To have a dream wedding 12 of 13
    To have a dream wedding
    The appeal of grand wedding is undeniable but what's it worth without a lifetime of love ahead? Just ask Kim Kardashian.
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  • To have a baby 13 of 13
    To have a baby
    Yes, conventional wisdom tells us, "First comes love, then comes marriage, then comes a baby in a baby carriage," but maybe you're not a conventional kinda gal!
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What are your personal reasons for not getting married?

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