Living Together Before Marriage Essay

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Some statistics say a couple who does not live together before getting married has a 20 percent chance of being divorced within five years. Couples living together prior to marriage increase to 49 percent. Realistically though, more people practice cohabitation, the percentage may be higher for the people who separate instead of getting a divorce, and may skew the statistics. If the couple chooses to live together as an alternative to being married like the statistics show that the relationship will break up within five years is 49 percent (Redmond, “Divorce Statistics…”). In 1995 premarital cohabitation became the normal thing to do. Fifty-six percent of women who got married in the early 1990’s cohabited before marriage (Waite 3.) So the …show more content…
It really depends on the couple and how they want to live their lives together realistically. Couples that live together before getting married do not necessarily have an unbelief in marriage. There could be barriers keeping them from getting married. Some couples cannot afford a wedding, or they may be ready to get married, but they are trying to save money by living in one place while they save enough for a wedding. They also might want to get to know how their partner behaves when they are not together before spending the rest of their lives together. The concept that living together before marriage increases your chances of having a happy marriage later, could be a misunderstanding because every couple is different. If the couple is practicing abstinence, they can still live together and not have sex until they are married. Some couples may feel forced to wait to move in together until after marriage because of their religion or their parents want them to be in the relationship longer. Maybe they want to keep the mystery in their relationship until they are married, or wanting to keep their individuality as well as their “freedom” for as long as possible. Some might want to keep their lives separate, because they are trying to get through commitment issues, but it all depends on where the couples want to take their

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