Excited! Why not, living with a person whom you love is the most exciting thing. But wait! Have you ever thought that living in a relationship can reduce the chances of getting married?
If you think otherwise, let’s see what research has to say
India is now witnessing the trend of Cohabit-before-marriage. But do you know the so-called Bollywood couples who have started the trend of LIVE IN RELATION broke up even before they got married? Yes, many couples never end up getting married after having a Live-In Relationship (at least history says so)
Not all those who live in a relation end up their relation, but few couples do get married with a divorce rate that is one and a half to two times higher than couples who do not cohabit before marriage. Researches call this the “COHABITATION EFFECT”
Besides all the drawbacks, a couple can still survive a live-in relation, if they have clear plans to marry soon without any IFs and BUTs.
If you are living together or plan to cohabit, the only suggestion would be: Reconsider. No research has shown that cohabiting before marriage can improve the relationship or boost further marital satisfaction
A wise course of action is to presume that your intent to live together is already a sign that relationship or personal problems are being overlooked or minimized. Your best bet is to address those problems squarely while living apart.