In the article, clinical psychologist Meg Jay looks at why couples who cohabitate before marriage are statistically more likely to divorce. People used to refute these numbers with the argument that those who have less moral problems with cohabitation are also usually more open to the idea of divorce. But according to Jay, “As cohabitation has become a norm…studies have shown that the effect is not entirely explained by individual characteristics like religion, education or politics. Research suggests that at least some of the risks may lie in cohabitation itself.”
Jay goes on to write about how moving in with a significant other may relieve strain on schedules and pocketbooks, but many couples don’t approach it with marriage in mind. Which is why couples tend to “slide, not decide” when it comes to getting hitched. This means that they slide into a cohabitation position without deciding if it’s leading to marriage. But then, after a time of cohabitation, people find it difficult to get out of a relationship, and marriage seems like the only viable option to slide into next. When that’s one’s approach to matrimony, yes, divorce might just ensue! [via The New York Times]
What do you think of this article? Would you cohabitate before getting married?