Dating vs living together
Women are more likely to be abused by a cohabiting boyfriend than a husband.Children are more likely to be abused by their mothers' boyfriends than by her husband, even if the boyfriend is their biological father.A cohabiting couple’s future may depend on whether they get engaged before sharing a pre-marital bed.A recent study found couples that live together before getting married, but getting engaged, are just as successful as couples that don’t live together.
In a group of five of the average 20 year old’s closest friends, two probably have divorced parents.They likely have witnessed firsthand the ugliness and upset of divorce.Many young people view marriage as not much more than a legal entanglement from which it is difficult and expensive to become extricated.All societal signals of approval for the institution of marriage were easy to pick up on.Even easier to grasp was the shame of singleness (especially for women). Today, co-habitation either before, or in lieu of, marriage, is not only considered okay by most, it is becoming increasingly common, not only among twenty-somethings but also in the over 50 set.
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Unfortunately, research shows that cohabitation is correlated with greater likelihood of unhappiness and domestic violence in the relationship.