Living Together Before Marriage Is More Common Today Than Ever
In fact, according to one sociologist who studies cohabitation before marriage, the link between divorces and living together before marriage has steadily weakened over time. At the same time, more and more couples are choosing to live together before tying the knot.
Of course, experts also agree that couples should be moving in together for the right reasons. While couples thirty years ago might have been moving in together because of the hippie cultural movement, today more couples are moving in to take their commitment to a higher level. Others, though, are choosing to cohabitate in order to get through tough economic times. While those who move in together often choose marriage in the future, it seems that those who move in together because of unemployment or a bad financial situation are more likely to continue to live together and remain unmarried. In Europe, it is increasingly popular for couples to spend their whole lives together without ever officially tying the knot.
Many also add that the popularity of living together before marriage is tied with the changing average age that adults marry in the United States – it is now 26 for women and 28 for men.
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