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Cohabitation and Future Marital Stability

Women Who Cohabited with Eventual First Husband
Today, more Americans than ever before are living together before marriage. Men and women in their twenties and thirties are living together at much the same rate as before, but with a significant difference: Many more now cohabit rather than marry. People who live together before marrying divorce at about twice the rate of couples who do not cohabit before marriage, and four times the rate if they marry someone other than their present partner. Furthermore, many of these young adults express uncertainty about their future together.

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