The “divorce rate” is around 50%. Presumably this count does NOT include couples that live in separate quarters of the house, “sexless marriages”, and couples who have lived apart for years without either party filing for divorce. How high would the “true divorce rate” be if we counted the “emotionally divorced”?
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The "emotionally divorced" are couples who are married in name only. I know of couples where one person lives in the basement and the other upstairs. They do their own thing. Marriage is more than a piece of paper. But that's all some have!
My point is that there are tax breaks and medical benefits that come from VA,Military dependent benefits, Social Security, civilian Workplace benefits and more. This constitutes a kind of fraud when we consider the money these people are getting.
Xenolit, It's funny you should mention the legal benefits of marriage. I recently published a hub related to this. https://hubpages.com/relationships/CommitmentWitho...