To some a legal marriage is only a piece of paper that ties a couple together with a legal bind. Personally I like the idea of being married but then again I have nothing to lose financially. A marriage in the celebrity world would no doubt become a disaster in the event of a divorce if a prenuptial agreement wasn’t signed.

In Hollywood it seems the “in” thing to do these days is to live together and raise a family without the benefits of marriage. I suppose with the record of Hollywood Celebrities marriages usually ending in divorce this would be a good thing and a smart move on their part.

Joel Madden and Nicole Richie are happy together raising their 6 month old daughter, Harlow. Madden says they don’t have any plans to marry right now. He says they are just happy like they are being a family. Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie are on the list on couples not married living together raising a family. They have four children, one biological and three adopted, and are expecting twins soon.

Several things keep couples from saying “I Do” at the altar, like financial entanglements, and tax benefits. If they don’t get along they can just leave with no legal ties, unless of course there are child support issues, but let’s face it most of the Hollywood stars can afford to support their children on their own.

All this is ok but it seems that while this is becoming such a big thing, in California gays, lesbians and transsexuals seem to be going for the legal bind in a marriage since California has lifted its ban for marriages of the same sex. Ellen DeGeneres and Portia de Rossi have announced their plans to marry once the state lifted the ban.

The Los Angeles Times has composed a list of some of the Hollywood stars that chose to NOT walk down the aisle to get married. To see pictures of Hollywood’s unwedded bliss list go here.

Jan Barrett

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