Couples who cohabit before marriage (and especially before an engagement or an otherwise clear commitment) tend to be less satisfied with their marriages — and more likely to divorce — than couples who do not. These negative outcomes are called the cohabitation effect.
Maybe you already saw this, because it was the most-read and most-emailed article in The New York Times this weekend.
Interesting. Kind of a do’s & don’ts. Do live together if you’ve talked about it and both consider it a step toward a long-term commitment or marriage. Don’t live together if you think it’s “convenient” and don’t have a truly honest talk beforehand. In short, cohabitating in an imperfect relationship can sustain that relationship unnaturally. Couples think there’s an easy out, but there’s not.
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