Living Together Before Marriage Is More Common Today Than Ever

Posted on Nov 17, 2010
For many years, living together before marriage was not only considered inappropriate, it was also considered to lead to unsuccessful marriages and early divorce according to counselors and other family experts. But now those same experts say that due to cultural shifts and changes in tradition, living in sin before marriage no longer affects the couple’s long-term chances for divorce.

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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