Thursday 22 March 2018

Do you live with your partner? You might as well be married

Caitlin McBride

Caitlin McBride

Living with your partner provides the emotional equivalent of marriage, a new study shows.

While the number of couples, particularly in their 20s, choose cohabitation over marriage, research in the Journal of Family Psychology shows that it provides the same emotional benefits as married life would.

The study examined the evolving relationship of couples in particular who lived together and then married and found there were no notable emotional or physical benefits of marrying after they had already co-habited for a significant amount of time.

Sara E. Mernitz from Ohio State University explained: "We now have more advanced statistical methods that allow us to look at the change as an individual experiences this transition from cohabitation to marriage.

"Men are more likely to view cohabitation as a trial run or testing period for marriage and may not be taking it as seriously as women, or at least the women in our study,” Mernitz said.

Results also showed more satisfaction when an individual moved in with a different person, believed to be because one would show more caution before cohabiting again.

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