“That was always a taboo in days gone by – you might live together, or ‘live in sin’ as a precursor to marriage but what the research now shows is that for the majority of people it is fine if people chose together and have children. What Young Adults Need to Know about Cohabitation before Marriage A Comprehensive Review of Recent Research David Popenoe and Barbara Dafoe Whitehead THE NATIONAL MARRIAGE PROJECT : The Next Generation Series Executive Summary Cohabitation is replacing marriage as the first living together experience for young men and women.For example, if the current year is 2008 and a journal has a 5 year moving wall, articles from the year 2002 are available.Research into attitudes into marriage and family life found that twice as many people think that children should simply be raised in a stable relationship as believe their parents should actually be married.
Each issue of the quarterly journal (Jan., April, July, and Oct.) averages 120 pages. Note: In calculating the moving wall, the current year is not counted.
When blushing brides walk down the aisle in the 1990s, more than half have already lived together with a boyfriend.
But despite figures showing that unmarried coupes are more likely to split up, a quarter of those surveyed wrongly believed that cohabiting couples had the same legal rights as married people in issues such as finances and child custody in the case of separation.
Christina Blacklaws, Director of Family Law at The Co-operative Legal Services, said: “There are all sorts of different reasons why people cohabit but one of the important aspects of this report is that it shows how socially acceptable it is as a way of forming a family.
While 30 per cent of those polled said they would live with a partner to “test the strength” of a relationship before marriage, 20 per cent said they had no desire ever to get married and 21 per cent said they would do it simply to reduce bills.