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Greater chance of divorce if you cohabit before marriage

A study reveals that living together before marriage leads to a higher chance of divorce

According to a relationship survey published by The Journal of Family Psychology, couples who live together before getting married have a higher chance of getting divorced that those who didn’t. This comes as bad news for the 70% of western couples who cohabit.

Researchers say this is because couple who are living together may get married for the wrong reasons or ‘fall into’ marriage because it’s the natural next step after cohabiting.

We think there might be a subset of people who live together before they got engaged who might have decided to get married really based on other things in their relationship, because they were already living together and less because they really wanted to and had decided they wanted a future together.


We think that some couples who move in together without a clear commitment to marriage may wind up sliding into marriage partly because they are already cohabiting.”

Couples also might feel the pressure to marry because of a joint lease or shared ownership of a property.

Those who decided to move in together to ‘test’ their relationship may want to think again, says lead researcher Galena Rhoades of the University of Denver.

Cohabiting to test a relationship turns out to be associated with the most problems in relationships. Perhaps if a person is feeling a need to test the relationship, he or she already knows some important information about how a relationship may go over time.”

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