Cohabitation Could Actually Be Lowering Divorce Rates

There have been more than several reports recently claiming that cohabitation leads to higher rates of divorce down the road. However, new research has found the exact opposite: that couples living together before deciding to marry has likely lowered the overall divorce rates.

While studies have found that couples who live together before marriage are more likely to divorce, this new research focuses on a different aspect of the issue: couples who live together before they marry and then make the decision to break up before they ever tie the knot. These couples – couples who test their relationship by residing together – would have likely been married in the past, but in present day never take that next step. It’s a difference that some believe has led to the overall drop in divorce rates over the past two decades.

The study found that while only one percent of people under the age of 60 were cohabitating in the 1960s, now one in six couples are living under the same roof without marrying. Also, couples are generally waiting longer and later before making the decision to officially settle down. The result? Some believe that some unstable relationships now end before couples marry.

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