Divorce has become more common in the past few decades and there are many reasons for this. One reason that really stands out and is the cause of many divorces is cohabitation. The divorce rate for those who cohabitate before marriage is 47% higher than those not living together before marriage. When comparing married couples vs. married couples that cohabitated before marriage, it has been shown that marriages are less satisfactory and more unstable, there is more conflict, there is poorer communication, increased domestic violence, increased sexual abuse for children and an increase in affairs.
Cohabitation is not a wise decision because people are less committed to marriage and don't see marriage as a life long institution and people marry unwisely because it is the next logical step after cohabitation. Cohabiting is popular in today's society but research is finding that all odds are against those who live together before marriage. Hopefully society will become aware of this so that we can decrease the rate of divorce.