By Deanna Atkins

Putting off marriage seems to be the cool thing to do these days. Kristen Bell and Dax Shepard are even considering having children out of wedlock, according to “We’ll apply the appropriate paperwork for the wills and security and such, but when he gave [the ring] to me, that meant more to me then proclaiming it in front of a group of people,” said the actress. The pair seems to be in it for the long haul, making their love for each other very obvious since they started dating in 2007.

How do you decide if having kids out of wedlock is the right decision for you?

Cupid’s Advice:

Every relationship is different and a marriage doesn’t necessarily mean that a couple is going to stay together forever anymore. Marriage sometimes seems more like a label than a vow and if you feel like you’re already married in your relationship then having children before taking a trip down the aisle could be right for you:

1.You both want to be parents: If having children is something that you and your partner know that you want to do then maybe there’s no better time but the present. Marriage holds a different meaning for everyone, but being a parent is something truly special.

2.The time is right: Timing is crucial and if you’re at a good point in your lives when it would be ideal to have a child, why wait? Things change constantly so don’t let what you really want in life be dependent of a wedding.

3.You’re in love: Love is the proof. If you and your significant other have true, real feelings for one another than it may not be necessary to get married before having children. If you’re both ready to be parents and you’re in a stable, committed relationship then it may be the right decision for you.

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