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Legal, Financial, Health, and Emotional Benefits of Being Married

Definitely Not All, But Here Are a Few of the Benefits of Being Married

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According to Kathy Belge, Lambda Legal Defense says "more than 1,400 legal rights are conferred upon heterosexual married couples in the United States." Here are a few of those rights and benefits for married couples.
  • Married individuals generally earn more income than single persons.
  • Increased Social Security and other government benefits.
  • Longer life, better health habits.
  • More frequent sex.
  • Credit protection.
  • Ability to make hospital visits and medical decisions for each other.
  • Tax breaks and probate and inheritance benefits.
  • Life long companion.
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