I was a sociology minor in college mostly because I found it really interesting and a nice break from all the science labs I had to take. Maybe I missed my calling, because stuff like this is just fascinating to me.
We've all heard that living together before marriage surely increases your risk of divorce, but new research is showing that it's not that simple. Turns out that if you live together with just the partner you eventually marry, then your risk does not go up. In fact, the risk of divorce in that situation was found to be 28% less than for those that go straight into marriage without living together first!
Also cool: if you are engaged, or even just planning to marry down the road when you move in together, then the negative statistics don't apply to you either. The mister and I are in the latter category. We planned to move in together in January of 2007, and weren't engaged until May. (I was
Tried out playing house with more than one partner before you got it right? Sorry, you're still (statistically) doomed.