Cohabitation before marriage increases the likelihood of divorce

Cohabitation before marriage increases the likelihood of divorce

A report by the Institute for Family Studies (IFS) reveals that. living together with your partner before marriage increases the likelihood of divorce by 15%.

The average age for marriage in Spain is at. over 30 years old and in general, there is a common belief that marrying older may decrease the risk of divorce compared to a early marriage. To start living together, on the other hand, it is not necessary to consecrate the marriage, and even this has always been understood as a favorable point for the couple, to get to know each other thoroughly before formalizing it with a wedding. However, a study by Stanfordhas disproved this belief, finding that premarital cohabitation can lead to an increased risk of divorce.

Religious marriages may be more stable

The reasons for a couple not living together before marriage today can be narrowed down to. religion or the inability to become independent. In the case of religious marriages, the study states, religious marriages may become more stable, because the possibility of cohabitation before the union and increases the likelihood of commit at an early age.


The questions addressed in this study, have used data from the National Survey of Family Growth, analyzing responses from more than. 53,000 women of between 15 and 49 years old. To conduct the study, religious affiliation and the faith in which they were educated were asked.

In the unified data it was concluded that, women being. religious Are 20% less likely to initiate cohabitation before marriage compared to women. non-religious. By the age of 35, about 65% of women with a non-religious upbringing had already cohabited at some time, compared to 50% of religious women who had never cohabited. Thus, religion reduces the chances that the young people cohabit and increases the likelihood that they will marry directly without having cohabited.

Nacho Tornel, author of 'Relacionarte'.

Cohabitation after marriage is more stable

Women raised in a religious homelater cohabit, marry more and especially earlier. According to the study, women raised in a non-religious household marry around the age of 25 yearsreligious women at 24 and those raised in an evangelical household at around 23.5 years of age. Similarly, religious women are less likely to divorce. The annual divorce rate for married women without religious education is 5%, while for religious women it is about 4.5%.

Thus, despite the belief that the later choice of partner is wiser, however, it must be borne in mind. more factors to speak of a successful marriage, such as the beliefs and the conception of cohabitation. Early marriage has risks anyway, but religious education compensates for it, among other factors, by avoiding earlier cohabitation, which is more unstable than cohabitation after marriage. In addition, the type of union causes the result to vary and takes into account that the effect of religion can affect in the instability in a big way.

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