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Cohabitation before engagement could increase risk of divorce

According to a study completed by the National Center for Health Statistics, couples who live together before being engaged are less likely to make it to their 10th year of marriage than couples who cohabit after engagement or marriage.

Study statistics show that 53 percent of men who cohabit before being engaged make it to their 10th year of marriage, 71 percent of men who cohabit after engagement but before marriage make it to their 10th year and 69 percent of men who waited until after marriage to cohabit made it to their 10th year of marriage.  55 percent of women who cohabit before engagement will make it to their 10th year of marriage, 66 percent who cohabit after engagement but before marriage will make it to their 10th year and 65 percent who cohabit after marriage will make it to 10 years.

Co-director of the Center for Marriage and Family Studies at the University of Denver, Scott Stanley, believes that the reason couples who cohabit before engagement are more likely to divorce is because of the build up of "constraints" acquired when living together.  For example, couples living together have to deal with things like shared leases, pets, and bills that couples who are not living together do not.  These constraints can often push a cohabiting couple into marriage when they would have otherwise broken up.

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