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Premarital cohabitation could be linked to divorce

The vast majority of Americans in Kentucky and across the country think that it is a good idea to live together before marriage. However, one study indicates that couples who move in together before getting married may be at a higher risk for divorce. Various studies in the past have indicated that couples who live together before marrying may be more likely to divorce, but some social scientists have speculated that the effect may decrease over time as premarital cohabitation becomes more socially accepted. However, this study indicates that people who lived together may actually be more likely to face marital difficulties.

Of course, these studies still have a number of confounding effects. People who do not believe in moving in together before marriage may also have strong beliefs in opposition to divorce. Therefore, the same factors that keep them from living together may keep them married; the statistics alone do not indicate anything about the health or happiness of the people involved. The study was drawn by analyzing data related to American women aged 44 or younger who married for the first time between 1970 and 2015.

In addition, the study drew from several generations of women who may have had vastly different experiences. The study's authors note that living together before marriage does lower divorce rates but only in the first year of marriage. This could be chalked up to the difficulties couples face in adjusting to living together; the increased risk of divorce for non-cohabitating couples disappeared as the length of marriage increased.

Whether people lived together or not before getting married, irreconcilable differences could become apparent over time concerning issues like parenting or financial management. A family law attorney may represent a divorcing spouse throughout the process and work to achieve a fair settlement on issues like spousal support and property division.

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