Study: Couples Who Live Together Before Marriage Are at Greater Risk of Divorce
Couples who choose to live together before they are married are at greater risk of getting a divorce, according to a new study.
The study was published in the September issue of the Journal of Marriage and Family.
The "premarital cohabitation effect", which has been studied by social scientists for several years, and appears to be a real fact in terms that two people who live together before getting married are more likely to struggle during marriage.
Authors Michael Rosenfeld and Katharina Roesler conclude that the struggles of these couples mean an increased risk of divorce. They contend that past researchers who have argued that the cohabitation effect disappeared were biased, looking at short-term rather than long-term effects....
This report does line up this passage of scripture.
Genesis 2:24 Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh.
And let us be reminded of 1 Corinthians 7:34.
1 Corinthians 7:34 There is difference also between a wife and a virgin. The unmarried woman careth for the things of the Lord, that she may be holy both in body and in spirit: but she that is married careth for the things of the world, how she may please her husband.
And this is why I was skeptical about that report several weeks ago that indicated divorce was on the decline. Most couples around where we live that we know co-habitated. Even the young "Christian" girl who works at the doctor's office has been back and forth between her home area and wherever her boyfriend is stationed in the Service. It is unusual to find a couple today that didn't co-habitats, at least in our area.