Divorce rate verses time dating
This has been true for a while, even though studies done right up until the 2000s showed that couples who lived together first actually got divorced more often than those who didn’t.
But a spate of new studies looking at cohabitation, as it’s called, are starting to refine those results.
Sharon Sassler, a professor at Cornell who’s writing a book on cohabitation, says that the amount of time a couple dates before moving in together is important.
College educated women date guys for an average of 14 months before they become roomies.
“It turns out that cohabitation doesn’t cause divorce and probably never did,” says Kuperberg.
“What leads to divorce is when people move in with someone – with or without a marriage license – before they have the maturity and experience to choose compatible partners and to conduct themselves in ways that can sustain a long-term relationship.” So what’s the magic age?
When handled correctly, a divorce does not have to be an emotionally traumatic event.
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