Magazine article Work & Family Life

Thinking of Moving in Together? Read On

Magazine article Work & Family Life

Thinking of Moving in Together? Read On

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About half of U.S. couples live together (cohabit) before they get married. This is practical in terms of paying the rent, but it may not be in the long-term best interest of the relationship, according to a study led by Catherine Cohan, Ph.D., a professor of human development and family studies at Pennsylvania State University.

The study found that couples who lived together before marriage experienced higher rates of marital separation and divorce than those who did not. Dr. Cohan offers two possible explanations. The first has to do with characteristics that distinguished those who live together and those who do not. People who choose to live together may have poorer communication skills compared to people who don't. Thus, poor communication skills (which can doom a marriage) may not be attributes of the actual experience of living together but, instead, of the people who choose to do so. …

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