Historically and legally, civil marriage of a heterosexual couple, registered in the registry office, but without religious testimony, is considered to be a civil marriage. This formulation is used in legal, legal and other aspects recorded. However, there is a difference in understanding between legal definition and popular, everyday understanding. Over time, the meaning of the concept was changed and, since the post-Soviet times, has become synonymous with cohabitation. Many sources reflect precisely this interpretation, implying the absence of not only church, but also state registration of relations.
A civil marriage chooses more than eighty percent of our contemporaries polled at the age of thirty, a couple of decades ago this figure was no higher than fifty percent. At the same time, besides the state stamp, the form of building relations itself is in no way different from officially and church-registered. The couple together leads the farm, lives, has total savings or debts, has children and goes to relatives on weekends. Such relations, like official ones, are regulated by current legislation and relevant articles. In some moments they simplify life, in some they complicate - like any situation, the issue of registration of relations has two sides.
Such relationships are quite convenient for many, because they give a lot of freedom and the minimum amount of externally regulated responsibility. In addition to legislative aspects, the advantages of civil marriage are also found in the psychological self-perception of a person. It is resorted to as an alternative by those who are disillusioned with the classic marriage, as well as those who find it convenient to live together for a certain period of time. Often such cohabitation occurs among students studying in other cities, and then returning back or among divorced people.