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Can pre-marital cohabitation lead to divorce in Colorado couples?

Like most people, Colorado married couples probably grew up with the warning that living together would not work out and lead to divorce. These days, many couples are left wondering if this old-wives-tale is still true. Many couples do not believe it is, and a recent study about whether cohabitation actually leads to divorce may back them up.

According to a brief from the Council on Contemporary Families, some new research might suggest living together prior to marriage has nothing to do with the divorce rate. Aside from the age at which couples marry, there seems to be no difference whether they moved in together prior to marriage or waited until after the wedding. According to the study, approximately two thirds of all new marriages in the United States began as a cohabitating couple before making it legal.

The opposing school of thought might stem from the 1970s notion that "shacking-up" or engaging in a non-legal partnership would not endure. The 1950s mindset is to have said that this sort of behavior ends in divorce. Some have stated that the reason for this way of thinking is that married couples that cohabitated first were not as committed to the relationship as a married couple. The thinking was that not having that ironclad commitment might mean either party is looking for a way out.

Regardless of what individual Colorado residents believe about this issue, many other reasons exist that lead to divorce. Another change that seems to have occurred in recent years is moving away from a courtroom divorce in favor of negotiating a divorce settlement together. This could provide both parties and the whole family with a more satisfying end to the marriage, which in turn, could lead to a smooth transition out of a difficult situation.

Source: Fox News, Cohabitation doesn't cause divorce after all, Stephanie Pappas, March 10, 2014

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