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Does cohabitation really lead to greater risk of divorce?

For years, it was assumed that the studies that pointed to the danger that cohabitation presented to healthy marriages were accurate. However, during the past several years, more recent studies seemed to deny any link between living together before marriage and an eventual divorce. Colorado residents may be interested in learning, though, that the most recent in-depth report appears to confirm that a divorce is more likely for couples who choose to live together first.

According to studies done early on, many couples who had chosen to live together without first committing to marriage were more likely to divorce -- often years later. Researchers believed that there may be several reasons why couples did not last, including socio-economic status, religious beliefs and family history of divorce. Another factor that may play a role is whether one has lived with previous partners or had children together before marriage.

The most recent study seems to shed a light on why some studies in recent years diminished the risk of a future dissolution. Many researchers focused on the seemingly immediate effects of cohabitation on marriages. In the short term, those who lived together before marriage seemed to have an advantage since they had already learned how to live with the other party. However, over the long term, these couples seemed to struggle more in their relationship.

Decades ago, couples who chose to cohabitate faced the stigma of societal disapproval. Currently, living together is often the norm, as an estimated 70 percent of couples live together before marriage. However, the decision to do so without a firm commitment seems to be a factor in whether the relationship will survive. Whatever the circumstances surrounding a couple's particular decisions during the course of their relationship, the decision to file for a divorce was likely precipitated by many factors that make the marriage no longer tenable. Colorado residents who are seeking a divorce may benefit from the guidance of an experienced attorney. 

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