Comment of the Day: Does living together before marriage hurt the relationship?
Thomas G. Fiffer in response to Zander on 5 Things to Do Before the Wedding:
The knock on premarital cohabitation, from what I’ve read, seems to be that the barriers to getting out can lock people in to unsatisfactory relationships and cause them to slide into an unsatisfactory marriage that ends in divorce. But wouldn’t that marriage have been unsatisfactory regardless of whether the couple cohabited or not? In any case, recent studies (http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/nhsr/nhsr049.pdf) show that the cohabitation effect seem to be on the wane. The point is, know what your partner is like as a roommate before you vow to spend the rest of your life together. How you accomplish that might vary.
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