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Study: More couples live together before marriage

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A new study found more and more couples are living together before marriage.

In fact, co-habitating is the new normal and living together can make for a stronger relationship after marriage.

Unmarried couples who live together are staying together longer than in the past. Plus, more of them are having children together without marrying.

The National Center for Health Statistics interviewed more than 12,000 people. Almost half of women surveyed said they lived together with partner before marriage and in some cases, no marriage planned.
The study found that less than a quarter said they got married first.

Quick Facts:

-22 years old is the average age of first shacking up
-19 percent of women became pregnant and gave birth in the first year of a first premarital cohabitation.
-Within three years of cohabiting, 40 percent of women had transitioned to marriage, 32 percent remained living together and 27 percent had broken up.

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