Relationships: Should Couples Live Together Before Marriage?

Updated on August 1, 2018

As much as it is hard to believe, people are still discussing whether couples should move in together before marriage or not. It is a topic of concern both by parents and the young people themselves. Many decades ago, we could say this is a ‘’no-no’’ without a debate. However, the millennials have different opinions and most of them are already living together before they can tie knots.

The experts from are of the opinion that people should weigh the pros and cons of living together before marriage. To help many who would be in the dark, we have prepared some highlights for both sides. Read on to know more.

Benefits of Living Together Before Marriage

  • Shared financial responsibilities – most argue that these are hard economic times. While living together, you will already start to split the bills like rent, electricity and many others. It will prepare you psychologically for what is coming once you say ‘’I do.’’ Some think that this is a great idea to test the waters and know whether you are ready for such responsibilities or not.
  • Shared duties – Apart from the ordinary household duties, which you get to share anyway, there are many other chores involved like problem-solving skills and emotional support. It is a great opportunity where each person gets to show their strengths and weakness and how they can complement each other to make chores a shared responsibility.
  • Know each other more – while in a relationship, it would be easy to pretend when you meet for dates. But once you start living together, there is possibly no way to hide the true character. Most millennials argue that this is the best time to learn the person you are living with. Once you know them well, then you can make a decision whether this is the person you would like to live with for the rest of your life or not.

Disadvantages of Living Together Before Marriage

  • Reduces chances of getting married – according to statistics, only half of those people who moved in before marriage get to live together. The issues start to arise when you think of the responsibilities and fail to understand your partner citing that you are not yet married. More conflicts are in such cohabiting relationships than in marriage.
  • It is still a taboo in most cultures – not many parents will support this idea of moving in together before marriage. As a matter of fact, most cultures will be against it since it is a taboo. They prefer when people remain as a bachelor or spinster until they walk down the aisle.
  • No newlywed experience – even after getting married, couples who have been living together will not have that great feeling of newlywed. The honeymoon will have anything special from the many outs you have gone.

Final Word

After looking at both the pros and cons of moving in before getting married, only the couples hold the true answer to whether this is good or bad. The good thing is that you already have the insights on both sides of the coin. Make a wise decision that both of you will not regret.


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