That wasn't my point. My point marriage is a public and legal commitment. Living with someone may seem like your getting all the benefits of marriage, but no matter what anybody says, it is not the same. And married people will bear witness.In court it is just as difficult to divide things from a common law marriage as with the piece of paper. Also, My ex-wife and I got a divorce for $145 because we did it ourselves. There is nothing difficult about a divorce if you know what to do.