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Study: no connection between pre-marital cohabitation and divorce

There is plenty of conventional wisdom out there about divorce. One such commonly held belief is that a couple will have a greater likelihood of eventually getting divorced if they live together before they get married. A recent study brings into question the accuracy of this piece of conventional wisdom.

The study was done by a researcher from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. In the study, the researcher reviewed marriage data from the National Survey of Family Growth. From this review, the researcher found that living together prior to marriage was not correlated with divorce, according to the article on the Huffington Post's website which reported on this study. According to the researcher, it is instead starting to live together at too young of an age that could increase a couple's divorce risk.

What do you think of the findings of this study? What is your opinion of the idea of couples living together prior to marriage?

While studies looking into potential divorce factors can provide some interesting and helpful insights, one thing it is important to always keep in mind is that there is no such thing as a "standard divorcing couple." Each divorcing couple will have its own unique circumstances and these unique circumstances can impact what sorts of issues will arise in a divorce. Family law attorneys can look into the specific circumstances surrounding an individual's divorce and can provide them with legal help and advice tailored to address the specific legal issues the circumstances raise.

Source: The Huffington Post, "New Research Says Living Together Before Marriage Doesn't Lead To Divorce," Taryn Hillin, March 11, 2014

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