Some couples think that pre-marital cohabitation is a good way to see if their relationship has what it takes to survive in todayï¿½s world - before they make the commitment of marriage, Olsen said. In fact, with a 50 percent divorce rate in the United States, some couples think that pre-marital cohabitation is important because moving out is easier than getting a divorce.
Research shows, however, that couples who live together before marriage don't necessarily make better partners during marriage or have a greater chance of staying together.
"Ultimately it comes down to the coupleï¿½s decision about cohabitation and to whether or not they feel comfortable living together," Olsen said. "For example, if theyï¿½re not ready to tell Mom and Dad about it, then theyï¿½re probably not ready to live together."
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