Does Premarital Cohabitation Predict Divorce?

March 30, 2012  |  


Is moving in together before marriage a good idea?

The Centers for Disease Control just released a study that examines data from first marriages for men and women ages 15 to 44. The data was collected from 2006 to 2010 by the National Survey of Family Growth with 22,682 respondents. The Associated Press promptly released a story with the headline, “Move In Before Marriage No Longer Predicts Divorce.” But, that’s not exactly what the study shows.

Instead, the study underlined what previous studies have also shown. The study proved that moving in together before marriage might or it might not predict divorce. The differentiating factor is whether or not you moved in with an expectation of a long-term commitment similar to marriage.

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  • L-Boogie

    Always have your own place.  

    • L-Boogie

      Being someone’s fiance is not the same as being their wife.  Come on, now!

    • Youknowitstrue

       I absolutely agree. ALWAYS have your own place. And this discussion has been led time and again! NO. Cohabitating does not lead to early divorve. I live in Europe and the divorce rate is about as high for couples having cohabitated before marriage than for the couple who hadn’t.

  • Guest

    I believe that living together has no bearing on whether or not the marriage is going to work; it’s actually a hinderance.  The parties (or party)  involved gets comfortable and complacent, therefore, marriage gets thrown on the back-burner.  I’m not saying that this happens to every couple, however, there are too many cases of this happening.  If both parties love each other, and are in love with each other and know that they want to be together for the rest of their lives, why not make it official?  Cohabitating to see if the couple is right for each other is just a sign that they don’t need to get married; and often if the couple lives together and winds up getting married, the momentum and the marriage does not last long, which can, unfortunately lead to divorce.  The couple has to work ever harder at keeping it new all the time and fresh all the time because the newness is no longer there. 

    • Homeassistant

       you are so on the wrong track!