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“Why buy the cow if you can get the milk for free.” When we were growing up we heard that saying all the time. It was a cautionary reminder to  protect the sanctity of marriage.

Couples who shack up before tying the knot are more likely to get divorced than their counterparts who don’t move in together until marriage, a new study suggests.  Upwards of 70 percent of U.S. couples are cohabiting these days before marrying, the researchers estimate. The study, published in the February issue of the Journal of Family Psychology, indicates that such move-ins might not be wise.

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And it’s not because you start to get on each other’s nerves. Rather, the researchers figure the shared abode could lead to marriage for all the wrong reasons.

“We think that some couples who move in together without a clear commitment to marriage may wind up sliding into marriage partly because they are already cohabiting,” said lead researcher Galena Rhoades of the University of Denver.

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Couples might also be nudged into nuptials because of a joint lease or shared ownership of Fido — along with other practicalities. Read the entire article here: Prenuptial Cohabiting Can Spoil Marriage

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