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Premarital cohabitation and divorce

On Behalf of | Oct 31, 2018 | Divorce |

Illinois couples who decide to live together before getting married have a higher chance of getting a divorce. This is according to a recent study that used data from 1970 to 2015 regarding U.S. women who were no older than 44 and in their first marriages.

The premarital cohabitation effect has been a subject of research by social scientists for many years. It seems to be an actual phenomenon in which two people who cohabitate before tying the knot tend to experience difficulties during marriage.

The authors of the study determined that the struggles experienced by cohabitating couples indicate a higher risk of divorce. They also assert that the researchers in the past who have contended the cohabitation effect was no longer in existence made biased assertions and only examined short-term effects of premarital cohabitation instead of its long-term effects.

The authors argue that couples who get married without first living with one another undergo an immediate shock that they have to address after they are married. As a result, the short-term divorce risk for these couples is greater.

However, the lower possibility of divorce for spouses who previously cohabitated is present only in the initial year of marriage. For the previously cohabitating couples who were tested, the possibility of divorce increased every other year over many decades.

A divorce attorney many examine the factors surrounding a client’s divorce and recommended legal strategies for obtaining the desired settlement terms. Negotiation and litigation tactics may be used to resolve disputes regarding spousal support, the division of marital assets, child custody, visitation and child support.