Couples Who Try Cohabiation Before Marriage Are Not Successful

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Rachel Christian
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The majority of marriages that try co-habitation are not successful. Co-habitation is defined as an arrangement whereby two people decide to live together on a long-term or permanent basis in an emotionally and/or sexually intimate relationship. The term is most frequently applied to couples who are not married (Farlex.inc, 2012). A large percentage of couple try co-habitation as a “test-run” to find out if they are compatible to marry, which sets them up for failure. The majority of marriages that try co-habitation end in divorce. Due to the lack of commitment that co-habitation requires, many couples never make it to the alter. Couples who decide to cohabit are forming unstable living arrangements that can have negative effects on their emotional, financial and sometimes physical well-being. For these reasons, the majority of marriages that try co-habitation are not successful.

A large percentage of couples try co-habitation as a “test-run” to find out if they are compatible to marry, which sets them up for failure. While this seems to make sense in the beginning of a new relationship, actually the opposite is true. “Research indicates that couples who cohabit before marriage have a 50% higher divorce rate than those who do not. These couples also have higher rates of domestic violence and are more likely to be involved in sexual affairs. If a cohabiting couple gets pregnant, there is a high probability that the man will leave the relationship within two years, resulting in a single mom raising a fatherless child( (Bill Maier, 2012). According to, Dr. Bill Maier Ph.D, the best way to test your compatibility for marriage is to abstain from sex, date for at least one year before engagement and participate in a

structured, premarital counseling program, which includes psychological testing” (Bill Maier, Ph.D.). For these reasons, a large percentage of couples try co-habitation as a “test run” to...
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