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The link between cohabitation and divorce

| Apr 12, 2021 | Divorce |

Over the past 20 years, it has become more common for Louisiana couples to live together before getting married. Many couples consider this a trial run to see if their relationships are strong enough to survive over the long-term. However, research indicates that those who cohabitate before tying the knot may be at a higher risk for getting divorced.

Cohabitating can help at first

Statistics suggest that couples who live together prior to getting married are less likely to get divorced within six months of their wedding dates. They are still less likely to get divorced 12 months from the time they are officially married. This is likely because couples who shared a home or apartment while dating already know what to expect from each other.

The advantages of cohabitation fade over the long term

After about a year of marriage, those who didn’t live together before making their unions official see their divorce rate begin to drop below that of couples who cohabitated. This suggests that couples who are able to adjust to sharing a space together have what it takes to overcome other issues that may arise in their relationships.

No one can predict the future

It’s important to note that no single factor can predict whether your marriage is going to be successful. It’s possible that living with your partner prior to getting married may be what is best for your relationship. It might be the case that living separately before marriage may actually increase the risk that your marriage doesn’t last more than a year.

If you are planning on getting a divorce, it may be in your best interest to hire an attorney. Doing so might make it easier to obtain spousal support, retain control of your company or obtain other favorable settlement terms. In the event that you reach a settlement through mediation, an attorney may review the deal to determine if its terms would likely hold up in court.