No strings attached. Test-driving a relationship by sharing living quarters appears to be the perfect solution. If it works out, great! If not, no harm done.
Or so you thought.
Damage does occur when couples choose to live together. Marriage cements love with a commitment. Living together leaves you vulnerable, causing you to doubt the level of your partner’s dedication.
Studies show that couples who live together before marrying have a higher tendency to divorce. It seems the short-term commitment of living together often equals short-term commitment in marriage.
If you’re not ready to get married, do you really think you’re ready to live together?
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|Part 1: Test-Driving Marriage|
|Part 2: The Problem with Living Together|
|Part 3: Cohabitation as a Means to Marriage|
|Part 4: Ending the Test-Drive|
|Part 5: Six-Month Security|
|Part 6: Dr. Bill Maier on Cohabitation