A civil union is a relationship where a man and a woman live together and share household expenses without officially registering a marriage.
Civil union is a great opportunity for the young couple to test their feelings and make sure they are ready for a family life together.
It's been always a norm for grandparents, their children and grandchildren to live together as a family in one house. Nowadays, more and more young Russian families strive to get their own housing whereas the families regularly reunite during a weekend family dinner.
However, that is not a requirement and each family finds their own ways to address their in-laws.
The birth of children means that one of the spouses will be forced to temporarily leave work.
In the majority of Russian families, the husband is 4-6 years older than his wife but the age difference of more than 10 years is still acceptable by most Russians (for example, the lead singer of the popular Russian band Mumiy Troll is sixteen years older than his young wife).
The Russian tradition, according to which a young woman had to get married as early as possible traces its roots to the distant past.