30 Sep More Couples saying “I don’t;” Cohabitation rate spikes 13% in one year
The Census Bureau is reporting that marriage in the 24-34 age range is down and the number of couples who choose to “live together” has gone up 13 percent in one year (2009). Experts point to the recession, joblessness, and general apprehension regarding the future. But is living together (cohabiting) a good idea? Does it give the couple a chance to successfully “test drive” a possible marriage? Is it a good idea for women or for the children that these couples might bring into the world? The answer is a resounding, “No.”
The research and empirical data is very clear that cohabiting relationships do not produce healthy outcomes for men and women, children, or for society as a whole. Experts note that cohabitation is more a preparation for divorce than a way to strengthen the likelihood of marriage. Women and children disproportionally bear the brunt of the negative outcomes associate with cohabitation. As one social scientist put it: “No positive contribution of cohabitation to marriage has ever been found.” So why, then, are so many couples “shacking up” (forgive the nod to the past)?
Since the media and popular culture tell us all that cohabiting is the “natural and normal” thing to, we thought it would be important to let you know the rest of the story. Click here (Part I, Part II) to go to “Cohabitation” from UFI’s Guide to Family Issues series. You’ll see some rarely talked about details regarding the decision to “live together.”