Just try pulling those two pieces of bread apart and you will understand something about being intimately joined together.The closer you press those pieces of bread together the harder it will be to separate them without some major (and messy! Once you get them separated you will have two marred slices of bread.Background characteristics such as parental divorce, low education, and economic disadvantage are associated both with having more sexual and cohabiting partners and also with lower marital quality and/or divorce.[iii] So it may not be that having more sexual or cohabiting partners in motion in a person’s life.That is, for all sorts of reasons, some people seem destined to struggle in relationships, and this shows up in their relationships both before and after marriage.Second, most people want lasting love in life, and most people still intend to accomplish that in marriage.However, the ways cohabitation has changed in the past three decades make it less likely that people who have that goal will succeed in it. It is obvious that cohabitation has become de-linked from marriage. While more experience is often beneficial in life, the story looks different when it comes to some types of experience before marriage.
For many people, an elevated risk of difficulty in marriage is present before they have their first relationship experience.Guzzo notes, as have others, that cohabiting has become a normative experience in the romantic and sexual lives of young adults.As young adults put off marriage until later in life, cohabitation has inhabited much of the space that used to be made up of married couples.These are people who have 1) lived only with the same person they married, 2) have definite mutual plans to wed, and 3) do not cohabitate until at least 23 years of age.Aside from this there are other factors which increase the risk of divorce. Was there limited education and economic means before ever living together?