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Cohabitation before marriage does not indicate divorce anymore

A new study may interest couples from Jersey City, New Jersey that are considering the option of moving in together prior to tying the knot. According to the news report, it seems that moving in before marriage is not as much of an indicator of divorce as it used to be.

During the late 1960s, approximately 10 percent of couples in the U.S. moved in together before getting married. Many of those marriages ended in divorce. According to some, the divorce rates for those couples were much higher than others. But now, approximately 60 percent of couples try cohabitation before tying the knot.

A co-director at the National Center for Family & Marriage Research said that this decision has become so common that it does not surprise her that it no longer possesses negative effects on marriage.

The research was conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. About 22,000 men and women were surveyed. All of those that were surveyed were between the ages of 15 and 44 during 2006 to 2010, the years when the study was conducted. Forty percent of those surveyed were married.

According to the study, couples that were living together while engaged had a similar marriage success rate to those that had not lived together before getting married. This was determined by whether the marriage made it 15 years or more. Findings on couples that lived together without being engaged indicated that these marriages were less likely to survive 15 years.

This latter data was reflected in earlier research.

When examining the research from the female perspective, marriages that began with a couple that had not lived together or that was engaged while living together had a 60 percent chance of lasting 15 years. If the couple was not engaged while living together, that chance decreased to 53 percent.

According to the study, numbers were similar from the male perspective.

Source: New York Daily News, "Move-in before marriage no longer predicts divorce: study," March 22, 2012

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