Couples who live together before marriage more likely to get divorced

By Jana - Last updated: Thursday, July 16, 2009 - Save & Share - Leave a Comment

Couples who live together before tying the knot are more likely to get divorced than those who wait until after the big day, a study shows. Sharing the same home can pressurise people into getting married for all the wrong reasons, according to scientists. In the UK more than three-quarters of couples live together before marriage – and one in four children is born to parents who are cohabiting. A survey of over 1,000 married men and women in the US found those who moved in with a lover before engagement or marriage reported significantly lower quality marriages and a greater potential for splitting up than other couples. About one-in-five of those who cohabited before getting engaged had since suggested divorce – compared with only 12 percent of those who only moved in together after getting engaged and 10 percent who did not cohabit prior to the wedding bells.

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